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Hummingbirds are some of the most amazing and charismatic birds. In Missouri, the ruby-throated hummingbird is a species that makes an amazing migratory journey each year.
Join the Missouri River Bird Observatory at the visitor center at Arrow Rock State Historic Site and around the village as they band these beautiful birds.
Silently swooping through the sky like miniature stealth bombers, bats have been patrolling the night for eons in search of their insect prey. They may be small, but they are mighty: each bat consuming thousands of mosquitoes and other insect pests every night.
Help celebrate the bat and all they do for us by attending this free event at St. Francois State Park, which will feature a presentation by an expert that includes live bats, and your chance to see bat researchers in action!
Sybill Amelon of the U.S. Forest Service is a bat researcher and licensed rehabilitator. She will bring live Missouri bats for you to see up close. Her presentation includes life history of bats and information on the white nose fungus that has threatened bats over much of the United States.
Afterwards, bat researchers will set up mist nets to capture bats as part of a survey of species in the park. Watch as they collect data and examine the bats for signs of white nose before releasing them back into the park. Ask them questions and be a part of this important research project! The schedule will be:
Meet at River Cave to learn about Missouri's bats and then watch as endangered gray bats leave River Cave for their nightly hunt. This program will be held June 7 and July 12.
During "Weekends on the Boardwalk," you can enjoy a free guided tour of Connor's Cave using park lights and helmets. Walk the Devil’s Icebox Trail on your own until you reach Devil’s Icebox, where park volunteers will assist you. Learn about caves and bats. Tours last about 15 minutes. Expect to get your feet wet. Tours will be offered on most Saturday and Sunday afternoons June 14 through August 31. Because cave tours will not be offered when we lack naturalists or the weather is inclement, please call 573-449-7400 to learn about specific dates. Reservations are not required. You may arrive anytime between 1p.m. and 4 p.m. These tours are recommended for ages 5 and older.
Come to the park for this annual fun event. This year's activities include:
Meet at the amphitheater for all programs. All park programs are free and open to the public.
Ever wonder what it takes to keep all of the nature center reptiles, amphibians, and fish happy? Thanks to some amazing animal care volunteers, they are fed a delicious smorgasbord of crickets, worms, minnows and more!
Drop by the Cape Girardeau Nature Center to visit with the volunteers and staff as they feed the hungry critters. Youth and adult groups welcome.
The Onondaga Friends Association host this historical lantern tour of Onondaga Cave. On this theatrical tour, led by a knowledgeable guide, guests are enchanted by characters from Onondaga’s past. The two-hour tour highlights the people and the history of the cave.
Space is limited. Online reservations: Tickets. Proceeds go to enhance the interpretive services at the park.
Reservations are required, Click Tickets: $22 ~ ages 11-14, $12. While small children are welcome, this tour is geared toward an adult audience.
Hummingbirds are gathering around feeders, getting ready for their long journey south. Watch up-close as hummingbird banders catch these little gems, gather data, and fit them with an ID band before releasing them. Other information about hummingbirds will be available as well. Program at the Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center is free.
Join researcher and master bird bander Lanny Chambers of Fenton, Mo., as he captures and studies these fascinating little flying machines. Learn about the secret world of the hummingbird as they are banded and released.
These demonstrations will take place at the hummingbird garden in front of the Dorman L. Steelman Lodge at Montauk State Park. The demonstration is free.
Kids: spend an evening at our Mule Camp pond and learn something new. The Twin Pines staff will be there to show you the basics of frog gigging.
This program is designed for ages 18 and younger. Participants younger than 12 must have a parent or guardian present. Valid fishing license required for ages 16 and older.
Reservations are required. For further information or to make a reservation, call 573-325-1381.
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