In his recent book, Steven Johnson coins the term “Hummingbird Effect” to make the point that innovation in one realm can trigger unpredictable and unexpected advancement in others. We not only agree, but have dozens of examples of how great American bird conservation projects make considerable, sometimes unexpected contributions to other important causes including amphibian conservation, human health, food safety, climate change, water conservation, and home energy savings. Support the Hummingbird Effect today.
ABC's comprehensive, partnership-based approach to bird conservation—tackling all the top threats—is one reason why so many of our projects produce Hummingbird Effects with ever widening benefits for birds, biodiversity, and people.
We need your help this spring to keep all these Hummingbird Effect projects, and more, expanding and contributing to bird conservation and healthy environments. Can you please DONATE now?
For instance, our work to stop birds from hitting windows has resulted in glass companies producing new windows that use ultra-violet designs to specifically, and effectively, address this problem affecting close to a billion birds annually, with the added benefit that these windows are more energy-efficient!
Another example is the landscape level work of ABC and our partners to protect important bird habitat for resident and migratory birds. In addition to resulting in greater productivity of working landscapes, this work is also utilizing some surprising innovations, from tiny geolocators harnessed to Golden-winged and Cerulean Warblers to collect critical data on their migration routes, to training goats and cows to eat noxious weeds in the Northern Great Plains grasslands for Long-billed Curlews.
A dramatic example of the Hummingbird Effect in motion is our work in Northern Peru to save the endangered Marvelous Spatuletail. In 2006, ABC and our Peruvian partner, ECOAN, created the first protected area—the 96-acre “Huembo Reserve” for this spectacular hummingbird. Among the unexpected benefits of our work these last ten years at the reserve is the discovery of a rare frog, and interest this year by local communities to create three, new, government recognized “Private Conservation Areas" covering more than 60,000 acres of cloud forest to protect their headwaters.