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Cape Girardeau Nature Center Hummingbird Celebration participant Sophie holds a banded hummingbird just before it is released.

Join the Hummingbird Celebration at Cape Girardeau Nature Center

News from the region

Aug 03, 2011

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – It’s time for ruby-throated hummingbirds to gear up for their annual fall migration to Central America. That means it’s also time for the annual Hummingbird Celebration at the Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center in Cape Girardeau on Saturday, Aug. 20.

The free public event will run from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. and include banding of hummingbirds, interactive informational displays, presentations and other activities of interest to young and old alike.

Cathie Hutcheson, of Makanda, IL, will be capturing, banding, and releasing hummingbirds. She will record important information that can be used to track the annual migration of these small birds.

Many people provide needed energy for hummingbirds by growing native plants and hanging feeders. Participants will learn how to attract hummingbirds as well as how to choose and maintain feeders that give the busy birds the needed boost for their long journey. Those who wish to attract hummingbirds to their own garden will be able to pick up seeds for native plants that provide the preferred nectar for hummingbirds.

Doors will open at 8 a.m. with banding beginning shortly after. Special presentations will be held on the hour and there will be door prizes.

Save these dates for other free community events at the Nature Center in August:  

  • August 6 – Discovery Station: Forest Products, 1 - 4 p.m.
  • August 11 – Nature Center at Night: Forest Hikes, 5 - 8 p.m.
  • August 24 – Connecting People with the Land, 9 a.m. - 4p.m.

The Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center is located in Cape County Park North, just off I-55 at exit 99.

No advance registration is required. For more information, call the Nature Center at (573)290-5218.


Ruby-throated hummingbird in flight
Ruby-Throated Hummingbird
Ruby-throated hummingbird in flight

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