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This Week on Explore (3/15)

This week at explore.org has been a relatively tough week for us. Unexpectedly, we had to say goodbye to our beloved Bella Hummingbird. Bella was such an important part of the explore.org family and are so sad to see her go. Please watch this tribute video as we say our final goodbyes:

We also lost an important member of the explore.org community, Dicky Neely. Dicky was a talented artist, musician, author, and friend and we are going to miss the color he brought into our lives.


The Decorah Eagles community suffered a loss this week when one of the eggs in the nest broke unexpectedly. Thankfully, there are still two healthy eggs left!


Despite a difficult week at explore.org, nature always has a way to remind us the beauty of life. The Fraser Point Eagles welcomed THREE new chicks to their nest. All three are healthy and eating!

Elsa Hummingbird also welcomed her second egg! Now we patiently wait until they hatch!
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Mike Fitz is back with a new “Fitz Facts” video! This week Mike explores the fascinating metabolisms of hummingbirds. Watch here:

Tune in here every week for more weekly updates from explore.org!

  • Robin Aguiluz

    Hello, i,live in Washington state USA. I am hoping someone can help me understand why (3) Hummingbirds flew into my back yard at 3am , hung around a bit and returned the next evening. What puzzled me most was the weather was snow and ice , very cold. I quickly mixed a warm feeder of nectar & hung it on the shed. All were very thirst. They actually seemed to display a great amount of thankfulness directed towards me as they drank and fluttered about. It truly was a special moment for myself & the three visitors. I was thrilled to see they returned the following night. I have not seen them since. I have not seen any even during the day. It is unusual for our Hummers to show up in the dead of winter (Feb). Can anybody explain why they would do this? I thought maybe a raccoon or heavy snow destroyed their nest sending them into the darkness. Or that they were desperate for nourishment as everything was froze solid, including most of the nearby lake. Maybe they saw my motion light and came for warmth? I don’t know, I’m puzzled.

    • Helen Schwartz

      Robin, I, too, live in WA, and experienced the same thing. “My” hummingbird came asking for food and I put it out and we watched for at least several days, maybe a week. Then the hummingbird and seemingly several other types of birds disappeared. I am wondering if it became mating season, especially with the warm weather after the unusual snow.