This quick quiz highlights some little-known facts and dispels some misconceptions about hummingbirds. Use the quiz as a pre- and post-assessment. As your class learns more about hummingbirds, let them add their own items to the quiz or create a whole new quiz for another class to take.
___ 1. Hummingbirds eat only flower nectar.
___ 2. Hummingbirds can fly upside down.
___ 3. Hummingbirds suck nectar from flowers.
___ 4. Hummingbirds migrate on the backs of Canada geese.
___ 5. A hummingbird's heart beats more than 1,000 times per minute.
Mount Makalu in the background. Banana tree in the foreground. Photo: TMIAfter weeks of planning and preparation, your expedition is finally going to begin. First you land in Kathmandu, Nepal. You've planned to spend two days here, gathering together the rest of your gear and paying for a climbing permit. It's a bit disappointing that you are unable to see the mountains from the city. On some days, people can. On other days, like today, they are hidden behind air pollution.
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