Join Alex Harper for a trip to Mt. Charleston to see the higher elevation hummingbirds, plants and other birds in the area.
Event Type: Field Trip
Open to Non-members: Yes
Members Price: $0
Non-members Price: $0
Start Time: 07/29/2023 07:00 AM
End Time: 07/29/2023 10:00 AM
Location: Mary Jane Falls Trailhead
6-34 Kyle Canyon Rd
Mount Charleston NV, 89124
By the end of July, many hummingbirds will already have begun to make their southbound migrations through Nevada. This migration coincides with the blooming of high elevation flowers across the mountains of Western North America. To avoid the summer heat and to follow the food, hummingbirds typically stick to the sky islands of mountains that expand across the deserts.
On this outing we will send our time looking for and watching hummingbirds as they search for blooming flowers around Mary Jane Falls. Although anywhere in the Spring Mountains can host hummingbirds, Mary Jane Falls trailhead is as good as any in late July.
We will look for Rufous and Calliope Hummingbirds amongst Anna’s and Broad-tailed Hummingbirds. It is possible to see Black-chinned Hummingbird at this elevation. We will also take time to identify the different plants and flowers that the hummingbirds are visiting.
The focus is on hummingbirds, but we will also look and listen for more birds and other wildlife in the area.
We may stay relatively close to the trailhead for the morning, but depending on bird activity and weather, walk 1-2 miles up Mary Jane Falls. For this reason, please bring two liters of water and carry more in your vehicle, bring a hat, sunscreen, and arrive hydrated. There are pit toilets at the trailhead. Bringing something comfortable to sit on is highly encouraged. There is adequate shade in the mountains but it can still get warm.
Bringing an SLR camera is encouraged. There will be opportunities to receive instruction on taking photos of hummingbirds from the trip leader.
About the trip leader: your trip leader will be Alex Harper. Alex is a birder and lover of all things nature. The Spring Mountains are some of his favorite places to visit in the area during the summer months. When birding with Alex, you can expect him to share information about ecology, bird ID tips, photography and mindfulness practices in nature.
Reach out to Alex at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or updates about the trip.