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Creating a Hummingbird Habitat

Public Service Announcement on Behalf of Hummingbirds:

Hummingbirds can become unable to retract their tongues dues to fungal spores that germinate on their tongues or in their gullets caused by folks mixing honey or anything other than plain white sugar with water. The hummingbirds will die because they can no longer feed.

If you have feeders, PLEASE USE ONLY PLAIN WHITE SUGAR in your mixture of 1 part sugar to 4 parts water. No organic or raw or brown sugar, no powdered sugar, no honey, no artificial sugar. Use plain white sugar/water mixture which is most similar to actual flower nectar. And no toxic red color liquids!

Change the sugar water mixture every couple of days, especially during high temperatures, as it will start to ferment if it sits out for days on end.

If you can't or won't do this, please do not put out a feeder at all.

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