Hummingbird Live Cam

This project aims to provide researchers and teachers with access to live hummingbirds, in order to study topics such as hummingbird biodiversity, species identification, behavioral interactions, feeder visitation rates, and related topics. You can view the Loyola Marymount University Campus Research Annex (RAX) live streaming camera on bird feeders and bird bath in the native plant meadow, originally sponsored by Dan and Susan Gottlieb of the Gottlieb Native Garden. 

Access our Urban EcoLab Curriculum Module 13: Birds in the Urban Landscape for educator resources on hummingbirds.

Hummingbird Book

Hummingbirds of the Gottlieb Native Garden,
written by Dr. Eric Strauss is a book about these
delightful creatures, often referred to as the gateway
animal to nature. Dr. Strauss covers the ecology of
hummingbirds in the context of reimagining resilient
and green urban neighborhoods.

He shows how hummingbirds have adapted to the fragmented and patchy habitats that come from urban development, and how they are flourishing. Since not all hummingbirds are able to exploit this type of habitat, he also shares insights into the challenge of effectively greening our cityscapes. 

If you would like copies of the book, please send an email to 

Please include the address you would like us to mail the book to.

If you would like a signed copy, please indicate “to whom.”

We are asking a minimum donation of $30 per book to our Center at LMU. 

Please make the check out to Loyola Marymount University with a comment in the notes line "CURes." 

Lisa Fimiani will mail a copy of the book to you through the USPS Media Rate. 

We are very grateful to Dan and Susan Gottlieb for the opportunity to offer this book!

Hummingbird Metabolism

This study aims to understand the nighttime metabolic state of nesting female hummingbirds. Specifically, whether those birds go into torpor at night, which is a hibernation-like state that hummingbirds enter when they must conserve energy. The study uses multiple sites in California, Massachusetts, and Costa Rica to get a more holistic understanding of the birds' behavior.

To learn more about the project, you can read the CURes blog post about it, or a featured article in LMU Magazine.