Hummingbird GATEway Garden
Hummingbirds are not only beautiful, unique birds, they are also important pollinators. The UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden’s Hummingbird GATEway Garden was created in partnership with the UC Davis Hummingbird Health and Conservation Program to not only exhibit the many species of plants that attract and create a good habitat for local varieties of hummingbirds, but also to educate visitors about the importance of the hummingbird population and the work being done at UC Davis to support them.
If you are interested in how you can help create a welcoming environment for inviting hummingbirds into your own garden, review the resources we offer on our website.
DID YOU KNOW?
- Due to large-scale global development, climate change, the simplification of insect and plant communities, habitat loss and a variety of other human-caused influences, researchers consider nearly 15% of hummingbird species vulnerable to extinction.
- In Northern California, and specifically in Davis, you can see five species of hummingbirds at various times of the year depending on their migratory patterns: black-chinned, Rufous, Allen’s, Costa’s and Calliope, while Anna’s hummingbirds can be seen year round.
- Energetic and fast-moving, hummingbirds can fly backwards, hover in place and fly upside down! Their wings beat, on average, seventy times per second; they fly at twenty-five to thirty miles per hour; and they dive even faster.
- A typical hummingbird needs to eat a lot — seven times an hour! They are also smart about what they eat and when — they remember which plants give nectar, when they last drank from a flower, and how long that particular flower takes to refill its nectar.