August 25, 2015

Contact: Steph Deidrick

Live hummingbird banding at Montauk State Park Sept. 6

Researcher Lanny Chambers will visit Montauk State Park to capture, band and study Missouri’s smallest flying machine, the ruby throated hummingbird. Sponsored by Missouri State Parks, the event will take place between 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 6 at the Hummingbird Garden in front of the Dorman L. Steelman Lodge.

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. The event is free and open to the public.    

Montauk State Park is located 22 miles southwest of Salem on Hwy. 119 in Dent County. For more information about the event, call the Montauk State Park naturalist at 573-548-2225. For more information on state parks and historic sites, visit Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.