Sayner-St. Germain Fish and Wildlife Club members spent an hour with Annie McDonnell from North Lakeland Discovery Center at their monthly meeting April 25. 

McDonnell’s presentation focused on hummingbirds and explained how the species’ adaptations allow for behaviors that fascinate many bird watchers in the North Woods. The birds weigh less than an ounce, yet they are able to make the almost 600-mile leg of their migratory journey across the Caribbean Sea nonstop.

Hummingbirds, having completed their 3,000-mile migration from Mexico to the United States, are due in this area around Mother’s Day. The species, common to the North Woods, has a lifespan of about 12 years, lays two eggs in a clutch and nourishes itself on pollen nectar from mostly red flowers.

McDonnell suggested putting out hummingbird feeders with a food made of one part sugar to four parts water. Red food dye may be harmful to the birds and should not be used.

Bird watchers also may put out simple perch resting places for the birds. Hummingbirds do not have well developed legs and spend their down time gripping narrow twigs and dowels.

McDonnell is a naturalist interested in education, ecology, research, conservation and all North Woods animals.

Bart Kotarba from the Northwoods Wildlife Center will present “Birds of Prey of Wisconsin” at the club’s May 23 meeting. The club meets at 7 p.m. in the St. Germain Community Center.

The club meets monthly. Service projects are scheduled seasonally and a full schedule is available at