Hummingbirds are a study in contrasts -- tiny beings with fiercely magnificent spirits. So delicate, yet so strong. Incredible athleticism belying their small frames and a fierce territoriality at odds with the tiny space occupied by their little bodies. I have always adored hummingbirds, but I write about them today with a newfound sense of awe after having spent several early mornings last summer on the outskirts of Davis, California, shadowing Dr. Lisa Tell, who co-runs the Hummingbird Health and Conservation Program at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.
I am a graduate student with the UC Davis One Health Institute and I exercise my creative side via forays into photography and videography. When Justin, who is the editor of Evotis, asked if I wanted to shoot and edit a video about the hummingbird program, I enthusiastically accepted. The video below is the result of our sunrise excursions with Dr. Tell’s team. See for yourself what makes hummingbirds so special, and how the program is contributing to what we know about their health and genetics. Dr. Tell aptly summed up hummingbirds during one of our many conversations, describing them as, “just one incredible little package balled up into 3 to 5 grams.”
The Hummingbird Health and Conservation Program is a joint effort between Dr. Lisa Tell at University of California, Davis and Dr. Holly Ernest at University of Wyoming. Check out the program’s website for more detailed information about the program’s activities and accomplishments.
Thanks to Dr. Tell for making this project possible and for answering our questions along the way. Thanks to Justin Cox for assisting with travel logistics, audio recording, and story editing.