Arizona – Sonora Desert Museum: Arizona’s Hummingbirds – Jewels of the Southwest

Arizona has eighteen of the twenty-four species of North America’s hummingbird species, offering the opportunity to observe more species than any other state.

It is home to the smallest, the Calliope Hummingbird, as well as the Blue-throated Mountain-Gem, the largest hummingbird in North America. A hummingbird’s life history is an incredible miracle of evolution. They have the highest metabolic rate and the greatest metabolic range of any vertebrate. Everything from their iridescent plumage to their aerial acrobatics is a wonder to behold. We will look at their biology and behavior as well as tips on their identification. Learn about the new studies that have broadened our understanding with more accurate information. We will discuss and separate the facts from the fiction. This class is for anyone interested in learning more about these feathered jewels – no birding experience is needed! Member price is 10% less.


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Instructor(s):   Stephen Vaughan is a professional photographer and ornithologist. He has been photographing and studying natural history for more than 40 years. His photographs have appeared in numerous books, magazines and calendars, and in publications including National Geographic, Audubon, National Wildlife, Sierra Club and Arizona Highways.


Where to Meet:   Education Annex


What to Bring:   Notepad, and pencil.


What to Expect:   The presentation will be indoors with beautiful photography and tips for identifying hummingbirds.

Cancellation:   If cancellation is made more than 15 days in advance, payments will be refunded minus a $25 administrative fee. No refunds can be made within 15 days.

Questions:   Please contact the Reservations Coordinator at or by phone at 883-3025.

  • Audience: Adult
  • Genre: Field Sciences
  • Type: Presentation

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Apr 16 2022


1:00 pm - 4:00 pm



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Arizona - Sonora Desert Museum
2021 N. Kinney Rd., Tucson, AZ, 85743


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