Hummingbirds Essay

667 Words Sep 26th, 2011 3 Pages
Running Head: Scientific study of ruby-throated hummingbird pollination

Unit 1 Individual Project
Instructor: Joanna Kroon
SCIE206-1101B-19 Biology
Stephanie Frank

The scientific method will be given as my determination as to provide an answer to the question in consideration. Samples of colorful flowers are planted on the left side of a garden and non-colorful flowers are planted on the right side of a garden. Observation over a month’s time with video surveillance will give proof of which flower the ruby-throated hummingbird goes to more often; thus determining whether the ruby-throated hummingbird prefers a bright color for pollination.
As I was hiking one day, I noticed a ruby-throated hummingbird
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 Check footage and take notes of any activity of pollination to each flower. Make note of the flower color that gets the most attention from the ruby-throated hummingbird.
 In a month’s timeline, examine the activity of pollination shown to each flower from a ruby-throated hummingbird.
 Calculate the number of ruby-throated hummingbirds visited to each flower within a month’s time.
 Control variables for this experiment include, 1) the color of the flower; 2) pollination activity; 3) the amount of ruby-throated hummingbirds that pollinated on each flower.
Expected Results:
I expect that the brighter colored flowers will attract the ruby-throated hummingbirds more often than the others. The red flower will most likely attract the most ruby-throated hummingbirds for pollination.
Table 1: Number of ruby-throated hummingbirds that pollinated each color of flowers observed by camera surveillance is shown below:
Flower Color # of Flowers Pollinated at 2 weeks # of Flowers Pollinated at 4 weeks
Red 8 4
Orange 2 1
Yellow 0 0
White 0 0
Pink 0 0

Chart 1: Charted activity of ruby-throated hummingbirds that pollinated flowers

From the data above, we can come to the conclusion that ruby-throated hummingbirds do favor brighter colored flowers, especially red. The ruby-throated hummingbirds are designed to pollinate brighter colored flowers because they see in wave lengths (Sargent,

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