News Release 111

Hummingbird banding demonstrations to be held May 7 at Onondaga Cave State Park

Volume 39-111 (For Immediate Release)
For more information: 573-751-1010

JEFFERSON CITY, MO., APRIL 21, 2011 – Take advantage of this unique opportunity to get an up-close look at the ruby-throated hummingbird on May 7 at Onondaga Cave State Park near Leasburg. Join researcher Lanny Chambers between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. as he captures and studies these fascinating little flying machines. Sponsored by the Department of Natural Resources’ Division of State Parks, these demonstrations will be held at the park’s visitor center and are free and open to the public to attend.

Researcher Lanny Chambers has been working on a project to track 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, 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 to ensure the safety of the birds. Future opportunities for these demonstrations will be available in July, August and September.

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