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February 17, 2011 | By W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times
A pocket-size drone dubbed the Nano Hummingbird for the way it flaps its tiny robotic wings has been developed for the Pentagon by a Monrovia company as a mini-spy plane capable of maneuvering on the battlefield and in urban areas. The battery-powered drone was built by AeroVironment Inc. for the Pentagon's research arm as part of a series of experiments in nanotechnology. The little flying machine is built to look like a bird for potential use in spy missions. The results of a five-year effort to develop the drone are being announced Thursday by the company and the Pentagon's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.
August 1, 2010 | Abby Sewell
They're kidnapped by children or captured by cats. They're cut down by tree trimmers or toppled by winds. Some fly into walls or windows, while others see their parents injured in territorial feuds. For baby hummingbirds, the summer is a time of great peril. But fortunately for hundreds of these tiny, battered creatures, there's a subculture of people who are eager to step in as surrogate parents. The volunteers, or "hummingbird rehabbers," devote themselves to raising hummingbird orphans and nursing injured fledglings and adults back to health so they can be returned to the wild.
September 26, 2009 | Emily Green
The classic trees of California are big. Redwoods. Monterey pines. Valley oaks. So, for those of us who live in cities but want a California native garden, where's the giant sequoia supposed to fit? My vote would be to tear down the house, but San Juan Capistrano nurseryman Mike Evans has a different idea. The man who for two decades has been a pillar of the native gardening community thinks that many Southern Californian homes with small gardens can be better off with exotic trees.
August 8, 2009 | Emily Green
Somehow during the hot, long days of summer, our native flora punctuates the dry season with flashes of color. Horticulturists speculate that the reason is sex. Plants such as our native mallows, buckwheats, bush marigolds and hoary fuchsias manage their August shows of pink, yellow and oranges as a survival strategy. Undistracted by spring lilacs, pollinators such as hummingbirds and bees tend exclusively to them. Late blooms also allow these plants to drop their seeds closer to the arrival of autumn rains.
June 29, 2008 | Jocelyn Y. Stewart, Times Staff Writer
Ira B. Tucker, lead singer of the Dixie Hummingbirds, performed a style of gospel music that erased boundaries between music and movement, praise and performance, style and spirit. For 70 years Tucker and the Hummingbirds gave high-energy, emotion-drenched shows designed to please the Lord and wow audiences. The group influenced a long list of R & B artists and could have crossed over from gospel to secular music. But that was one boundary Tucker and the group were not willing to erase.
April 29, 2007 | Jocelyn Y. Stewart, Times Staff Writer
James B. Davis was only 12 years old when he founded the Dixie Hummingbirds gospel singers in 1928. But it didn't take long for him to figure out that survival required more than a great sound. During the golden age of gospel, the audience was all black, the venue was often a church, and the expectation for conduct of any artist singing for the Lord was high. As an adult Davis laid out the rules: No women in the group's car, except wives of the members. No whiskey.
November 30, 2006
YOUR book review ["Chance Sightings, Definitive Guides," Nov. 23] includes a picture of a hummingbird with the caption "Territorial." Our daughter Catharine's moniker was Hummingbird because her breathing and heartbeat rhythm was very rapid. She had a genetic disease called cystic fibrosis, which affects the lungs. We stayed many times at the smoke-free White Water Inn [in Cambria], especially every other year at Thanksgiving. This year our family went there for another reason in October.
May 15, 2005 | Rudolfo Anaya, Rudolfo Anaya is the author of numerous books and stories, including the novels "Bless Me Ultima," "Tortuga" and, most recently, "Jemez Spring."
Opening the pages of "The Hummingbird's Daughter" is like being swept up in a whirlwind of description so sensuous that one tastes, feels and hears the unfolding of events set against the backdrop of 19th century Mexico. Luis Alberto Urrea's language is richly textured, creating a poetic fiction raised to the heights of a Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
May 5, 2005 | Lili Singer, Special to The Times
Ever seen a hummingbird do the breast stroke? Trish Meyer and her husband, Chris, have witnessed this phenomenon in the hummingbird bath of their Sherman Oaks home. "They move their little wings like this," Trish says, demonstrating the proper arc, "and paddle with their teeny little feet. Hummingbirds need water as much as they need food." To a hummingbird, the Meyers' garden must feel like a gourmet cafe with a 10-page menu.
February 20, 2005 | Mary Esch, Associated Press Writer
Chickadees, cardinals and titmice are common visitors to a snowy bird feeder. But hummingbirds? That's what Janet Allen saw last year in her yard in suburban Syracuse. For several days in dreary November, a young ruby-throated hummingbird shivered on a snow-laced feeder, sipping sugar water when it should have been flitting among tropical blossoms in sunny Mexico. "It was kind of sad, really," Allen said. "I don't know if he got blown off course during migration or what.
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