Humming Birds of Arizona
What are those tiny splashes of color that greet us in the morning? Arizona boasts almost 20 different kinds of hummingbirds (out of the total 360 species found from Alaska to Tierra del Fuego).
If amid the common desert landscaping you find blooming bushes like hibiscus 🌺 (not only great as iced-tea) you are most likely to encounter the smallest little birds there are. They are called the HummingBirds (because of the noise they make with their wings while hanging in the air which can flap between 12 to 80 beats per second). The smallest ones are called bee hummingbirds and measure only 2 inches long.
They can live for over 10 years - so if you're looking for a low-key friend - here’s an idea :)
There are two found fossils of hummingbirds that are 30 million old. They are showcased in Stuttgart Germany in a local museum. Since those ancient days, their dispersal changed to the Americas and extinct in Eurasia.
Their coatings are strikingly beautiful thanks to both pigmentation and primal cells within the top layers of feathers of their head, breast, gorget, back, and wings. So when the sunlight hits them - it reflects with various intensities. They use this trick to attract the opposite sex or to defend their territory by shifting their position towards the sun they become instantaneously vivid.
- Anna’s Hummingbird - southeastern mountains (Huachucas, Santa Ritas, Santa Catalinas, and Mules). They are the only species that can sing in the US. They can get very territorial.
- Black-chinned Hummingbirds - spend winters in Mexico.
- Berylline Hummingbirds are also Summer residents. Found mostly in pine-oak woodland and sycamore streamline forest in mountain canyons.
- Blue-throated Hummingbirds - spend a spring-summer season in southeastern AZ.
- Broad-billed Hummingbirds.
- Broad-tailed Hummingbirds.
- Magnificent or Refulgent Hummingbirds - they stay late March to late October and stay mostly in mountainous areas. Uncommon north of Mogollon Rim and east into New Mexico. They are the biggest kind in the US.
- White-eared Hummingbirds - pretty rare visitors.
- Lucifer Hummingbirds.
- Bumblebee Hummingbirds (accidental visitors).
- Calliope Hummingbirds.
- Ruby-throated Hummingbird.
- Rufous Hummingbirds - tend to pass Arizona July through mid-October in large groups. They are the biggest bullies and tend to chase away other hummingbirds around.
This water bottle was inspired by the variety of colors the hummingbirds bring into our state. We hope it will inspire you to hike and explore more while staying hydrated :)
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My original last name (Pasichnyk) means the beekeeper if translated literally to English. My extended grandfather had a few beehives and my childhood memories definitely included the smell of the fresh honey, stories about bees, and then large glass jars used to store honey for the whole year till the next season comes. There were dark brown jars with buckwheat honey, bright yellow with the mixture of the field blooms, and then very pale almost white jars made from acacia pollen. One thing I learned was that honey bees are crucial to our ecosystem. They make sure we have fruits each year, and that the plants flourish and are able to give us their rich harvests. That's why the initiative of the Pollinator Partnership is so important. As is buying your honey supply from the local sustainable producers. And moreover, the honey made from the bloom in the area where you reside is known to cure allergies as it introduces your body to the pollen gradually and consistently.
Protect Our Winters
This one is special. Just as they state on their front page: Your passion for the outdoors can help save it. This guy who is a professional snowboarder (Jeremy Jones) has always been an inspiration for me. He turned winter sports into art. His lines and routes were unheard-of and following his trips through the photos that he would post was always a huge tease. But most importantly he made his statement clear. We thrive in the snow and the great outdoors and the climate issues can drastically change that. So if you love your winter ski trips - Help to Protect Our Winters. They have currently a few initiatives and a clear 'game plan' with instructions for those interested to get involved. For this simplicity and a great spirit, I would love to support them! (And in case you wandered the name Couloir is actually a mountaineering term used a lot by 'free riders' which means a passage in the mountains or a corridor.Think of those Red Bull videos where a helicopter drops off the skier at the top of the mountain from which they then descend between the rocky 'corridor' producing a beautiful symmetrical curve.)
Arizona Humane Society
This one was a no-brainer. Half of our adventure photos include the two dogs: a lab and a husky. And while a lab was lucky to be born on a nice farm with a huge yard, a husky wasn't so much. He was found on the streets of Tucson wandering aimlessly. He then was adopted at the age of around two years. The sweetest dog ever (literally - he loooves everything baked and ones ate the whole pack of the Hawaiian rolls while we were away and left them on the table).However, thinking of him wandering the streets of the Southern city is heart-breaking. While coyotes have adapted to the striking heat of this state - other dogs haven't and heat can kill them very fast. I have personally known a few of the organization's representatives and I believe they are a highly professional team that helps the pets that were less lucky.
Wolf Conservation Center
Now, this might sound a little weird... Since I was a kid, I was obsessed with the wolves. I remember watching the movie Balto and falling in love with wolves. That children's story about the brave wolf-dog who saved the town in Alaska melted my heart as well as many other kids'.
But jokes aside - wolves are crucial to our environment. They help to control the population of herbivores and ensure that the latter have enough food for their families.
Ocean Clean Up
This one is pretty obvious. Most of the planet Earth is covered by oceans. I'm sure everyone has at least once googled those awful plastic trash islands. Ocean pollution is real. So this was the least 'romantic' choice for us to support. It is just something that really matters. Period.