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Hummingbirds Might Be In Your Yard Right Now. Here's How To Attract Them

By Justin Breen | May 11, 2017 5:45am | Updated on May 12, 2017 10:50am

CHICAGO — Majestic ruby-throated hummingbirds are migrating through — and possibly nesting — in Chicago right now.

The tiny, buzzing hummingbird comes through Chicago every year and can be found near deciduous trees like maples and nectar-producing flowers.

Birders can try to get their attention with feeders holding a mixture of three parts water, one part sugar.

"They're a very adaptable bird to human environments," Elizabeth Howard, founder and director of Vermont-based Journey North, a nonprofit site that tracks the hummingbirds' migration, said in 2015.

CLICK HERE FOR AN INTERACTIVE MAP SHOWING DOCUMENTED HUMMINGBIRDS SIGHTINGS THIS SPRING

Journey North allows registered users to submit hummingbird sightings on a map, which updates as the birds make their way north from Central America, Mexico and the southeastern portions of the U.S. (see the link above)

The Aububon Society notes two key ways to help hummingbirds. That includes growing native plants, which provide shelter and food, including a "healthy environment for insects." Also, you can become a Citizen Scientist by "helping crowdsource invaluable data using Audubon’s free Hummingbirds at Home app or website."

For more information, click here.