My name is Angela Bergelt, creator of "Tiny Wings". I am a self-taught amateur backyard bird and butterfly photographer living in Southern Oregon. I am crazy about all kinds of "things with wings", but especially hummingbirds and have been studying them for over a decade. I'm not an expert, but I know a lot about these little critters from observation. Throughout the year, many hummingbirds visit my tiny garden and feeders. It gives me great joy to supplement their diet year-round with sugar water and photograph them during the various seasons. Many of Anna's hummingbirds do not migrate, so it's quite the challenge to keep the feeders warm to prevent freezing during the colder Winter months. I am proud to say that all of the photos on this website were taken by me in my tiny backyard near Jacksonville, Oregon.
In 2016, I learned about the iconic Monarch butterflies, their unbelievable migration and why they need OUR help. The more I researched, the more Monarchs become my passion too. Unfortunately, Monarchs across the nation are becoming extinct due to the lack of milkweed, the only plant the Monarch will lay her eggs on, and a number of environmental factors. I grew milkweed in my small garden and the Monarchs were frequent visitors from July through late October. Sadly, the Western Monarch population is down nearly 90% from the 1990s in 2018.
I am an active member of SOMA, Southern Oregon Monarch Advocates and have become a "Monarch Ambassador" educating others about these amazing creatures and what people can do help their struggle. I am also what is known as a "citizen scientist" and participate in the Pacific Northwest Monarch Tagging Program out of Washington State University and have tagged Monarchs throughout the last several years to track their long migration.
In 2017, I had the great honor of producing a video story book on "Journey's Flight"; the true story of a Monarch raised and released by students in Sisters, Oregon and the amazing migration of over 800 miles to California. This video can be viewed on this website.
My passion continues to lead me to exciting projects such as co-instructing Spring and Fall classes on Saving Our Monarchs and Other Polinators at the Southern Oregon University Osher Life-Long Learning Institute. I also continue to represent SOMA at various events on Monarch education and outreach programs including Master Gardeners, Living on Your Land Conference and the Siskiyou Field Institute.
Currently, I am on Board of Directors of WMA, Western Monarch Advocates and Planning Committee for the first annual Western Monarch Summit,which will be held in Carmel, CA on January 10-12, 2020. This conference will be the first time Western and Eastern Monarch experts will come together to discuss conservation and plight of the Monarch butterfly.
Finally, please take a few minutes to watch and enjoy a magical video of one of my "warriors" eclosing, I like to call the "The Monarch Eclosure Ballet". I waited over 2 hours for this eclosure to happen and I am very proud of this capture.
You don't have to go far to find beauty; look in your own backyard.