It’s time to take a visit to a place where flowers and plants grow with flair;
And walk along paths where you might see a hummingbird flitting about in the air.
The Niguel Botanical Preserve is always looking for volunteers to keep the grounds looking great;
April is Volunteer Month, so schedule a time to stop by and lend a hand before it’s too late!
The preserve is located on Crown Valley Pkwy., next to the , pool and the
Bring a picnic lunch and a camera and visit weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.—why not today?
Hummingbirds only live on two continents: North America and South America.
- When hummingbirds flap their wings, they do not move them up and down, or even in a circle. Their wings make a figure-8 pattern.
- Their wings move 80 times a second when they fly. If they are diving, the speed increases to 200 times a second.
- The heart rate of the hummingbird is 1,260 beats every minute.
- Hummingbirds are the only bird able to fly forward, backward, up, down, and sideways.
- Hummingbirds are the smallest of all animals with a backbone.
- Flying muscles make up 30 percent of the hummingbird’s weight.
- Hummingbirds cannot smell.
- Hummingbirds feed up to eight times an hour, with each “meal” lasting only 45 seconds.
- When hummingbirds migrate to the Gulf of Mexico, they can fly up to 500 miles without stopping.