News Release 228

Hummingbird banding demonstration planned May 1 at Onondaga Cave State Park

Volume 38-228 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Sue Holst
573-751- 6510

JEFFERSON CITY, MO., APRIL 16, 2010 - Take advantage of a unique opportunity on May 1 to get an upclose look at the ruby-throated hummingbird at Onondaga Cave State Park near Leasburg. Join researcher Lanny Chambers as he captures, studies and bands these fascinating little flying machines.  Sponsored by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, these demonstrations will take place between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. at the park’s visitor center and are free and open to the public.

As a part of his ongoing project to track the movement patterns of hummingbirds in Missouri, Chambers 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, which is Missouri’s only summer resident hummer. 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