Visitors invited to watch hummingbird banding demonstrations at Onondaga Cave State Park

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Volume 37-099 For Immediate Release: April 24, 2009

JEFFERSON CITY, MO., -- Visitors to Onondaga Cave State Park near Leasburg will have four opportunities to get an up-close look at the ruby-throated hummingbird, which is Missouri's only summer resident hummer. Join researcher Lanny Chambers as he captures and studies these fascinating little flying machines. Learn all about hummingbirds as Chambers researches and bands them between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. on May 2, July 4, Aug. 8 and Sept. 5. Sponsored by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, these demonstrations will take place at the park's visitor center and are free and open to the public.

In his current project, Chambers is tracking the movement patterns of hummingbirds in Missouri. He safely captures the birds at the park's feeders, weighs them, ages them, identifies the gender of each bird and then tags them. Visitors will learn some general life history information about the ruby-throated hummingbird. Cameras are welcome; however, guests will be instructed to keep an adequate distance from the birds and researchers in order to ensure the safety of the birds. 

Onondaga Cave State Park is located seven miles south of the Leasburg exit off of Interstate 44 on Highway H.  For more information about these events, contact the park at 573-245-6576 or the Department of Natural Resources toll free at 800-334-6946 (voice) or 800-379-2419 (Telecommunications Device for the Deaf). For more information about Missouri state parks and historic sites, visit the Web at www.mostateparks.com.  

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