By Cayla Rosenhagen (age 11)
"Pollination and patience. Those are the two qualities that make Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds one of my favorite birds. Unfortunately, we have seen such a decline in pollinators such as honeybees and monarch butterflies. We've tried to do our part by planting native flowering plants and by encouraging others to do so. But it takes patience to heal the Earth. It also takes patience to spot a Ruby-Throated Hummingbird! I've been fortunate to see them a handful of times and it brings me such excitement to watch them feeding on the nectar of flowers my heart seems to beat almost as fast as theirs over a thousand times in a minute while they feed. Patiently I await the next Ruby-Throated Hummingbird who comes to do his part in healing the Earth as he pollinates."