Operation RubyThroat is offered by Hilton Pond Center for Piedmont Natural History as a way to excite students and other individuals about science and cross-disciplinary learning, using the Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris) as the topic. Because the project and this website are administered entirely by volunteers on their own personal time, we ask that participants follow some basic guidelines to keep the project from becoming impossible to administer. All registration fees are used to underwrite the activities of Operation RubyThroat, including banding research on Ruby-throated Hummingbirds.


1. Any student (K-16) or adult is invited to join Operation RubyThroat as a "RubyThroat Observer." An Observer may be an individual student separate from a teacher-led school group, a parent, an independent researcher, or an interested member of the general public. Advanced students who wish to work on original hummingbird-related research projects for science fairs, etc., are encouraged to register as RubyThroat Observers to receive mentoring benefits.

2. To become an official RubyThroat Observer, the individual should register by completing the Individual Registration Form. The annual registration fee of $20 per RubyThroat Individual will help offset, in part, the cost of conducting Operation RubyThroat and of printing and mailing materials to participants. (Donations in excess of the registration fee are welcome.)

3. Interpreters, workshop leaders, scout leaders, nature center personnel, and similar informal education specialists who will use Operation RubyThroat with their members or visitors should register on the Other Leader Participation.

4. Public and private school teachers and teachers/parents of home-schooled students who wish to become official participants in Operation RubyThroat should register on the Teacher & Student Group Participation.

-- Why Register as RubyThroat Observer? --

A RubyThroat Observer who officially registers with Operation RubyThroat by completing the form and paying the annual registration fee will get the following benefits for one calendar year:

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