Thank's to your incredible support, we are within $400 of our goal with just three days left to go. We need your support now more than ever to help close the gap. Please give if you haven't already and if you have, please share with everyone you know who may be interested. With only $400 to go, every gift gets us close to our goal no matter how large.
To celebrate how close we are, we want to share with you how we make our hummingbird bands. Check out this 2 minute video of the band making process…we painstakingly chop and shape almost 500 of these bands each winter!
How much work does it take to run the hummingbird project each season? It takes more than 800 hours (420 volunteer hours and over 400 biologist hours), and 4,100 miles to make it happen.
Band making - 40 hours
Data entry/analysis/reporting - 80 hours
Banding - roughly 60-80 hours per biologist
Trapping and data recording– 80 hours per volunteer
That means if we paid our biologists and volunteers minimum wage to run this project, it would cost over $6,000!
Thanks to all of you, we’ve already raised enough money to cover fuel and most supplies for the 2016 season. However, we still need that final push to better fund the hummingbird project next summer. The remaining funding will go toward covering a portion of the 400 hours of biologist time. In the past, IBO biologists have had to donate their time to make the hummingbird project happen, so we are excited to reach our goal and help cover some of their band-making and data analysis time. It's not glamorous but it's these little things that allow us to run the project year after year and keep our project ticking.