JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The ruby-throated hummingbird is one of the most fascinating birds in Missouri. During August, Missourians often see a peak in the pint-sized bird as northern hummers pass through Missouri on their annual fall migration to Central America.
The Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) Runge Conservation Nature Center in Jefferson City invites the public to discover nature and follow the story of our smallest bird as it prepares for fall migration at Hummers of Summer program from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 9
The free public event will include banding of hummingbirds, a hummingbird interpretive walking trail, discovery tables, crafts, refreshments and other activities of interest to young and old alike.
“Hummingbirds are really remarkable little birds,” said Runge Nature Center Manager Kathy Cavender. “Most amazing about ruby-throated hummingbirds is their annual migration. What we think of as our hummingbirds are only here for a short time before migrating to Mexico and Central America.”
Hummingbirds begin migrating south in late July or early August. The males leave first. In Missouri, you will likely see the most hummingbirds in late August to early September as they work their way south. Fall migration coincides with the blooming of late-summer flowers. Hummingbirds are especially hungry this time of year because of the energy demands of migration. Artificial feeders are one way to catch a glimpse of these remarkable birds.
Runge Nature Center is located on Hwy 179 in Jefferson City approximately .5 mile north of Hwy 50. Building hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday with extended hours until 8 p.m. on Thursdays. The building is closed on Sunday and Monday. The outdoor trails are open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.
For more information on this or other programs, call 573-526-5544 or visit mdc.mo.gov and search “Runge.”