April 29, 2015

Contact: Steph Deidrick

Hummingbird Banding at Onondaga Cave State Park

Researcher Lanny Chambers will visit Onondaga Cave State Park throughout the season to capture, band and study Missouri’s smallest flying machine, the ruby-throated hummingbird. Sponsored by Missouri State Parks, the event is scheduled for May 2, July 4, Aug. 8, and Sept. 5 and will take place at the park’s visitor center between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Visitors will get a close-up look at this tiny bird, and will learn about its life history. Guests are welcome to bring cameras, but will be instructed to keep an adequate distance from the birds and researchers in order to insure the safety of the birds. Lucky visitors may get to release a hummingbird. The event is free and open to the public.

Onondaga Cave State Park is located seven miles southeast of the Leasburg exit off of Interstate 44 on Highway H. For more on the event, contact the park at 573-245-6576. For more information about Missouri state parks and historic sites, visit Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.