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CASSCOE, Ark. (KTHV) -- Imagine you're sitting on the porch in late March, early April and suddenly a splash of green zips past you. That's when you know, the hummingbirds are back.

Many enjoy the beauty of just watching them, while Tana Beasley from Casscoe is the only person in the state certified to band these colorful birds. Beasley has been banding them since 2008 in hopes of following their migration pattern.

Beasley is an education specialist and has worked forArkansas Game and Fish for the past four years.

Beasley says, "I've already checked some birds that we've banded in 2008, so we know that they are at least four years old and they can live three to five years in the wild."

The bands she uses are so tiny, you could mail 5,500 of them on a first class stamp. But the challenge lyes in catching these fast flyers. Beasley uses a cage with a feeder to get the bird, then she must measure it before banding it.

There are more than 340 species of hummingbirds and Beasley keeps a record of every bird so she can keep a record of its growth.

If you would like to see the hummingbirds in Casscoe, there will be a program next month. You may vistitwww.hummingbirdsplus.org for more information.

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