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~ Volunteers from the Missouri Master Naturalists at Vilander Bluff ~ Cave Restoration in Onondaga ~ Volunteers Re-Roof Cave the OCSP Shower House ~ Hummingbird Banding at Onondaga Cave State Park ~ Wildflowers - Onondaga Favorites for Birds, Butterflies, and Insects ~ coming soon ~ Nature at the Park Cave Life
photo by Greg Hanson
Vilander Bluff Natural Area was designated in 1994. This 206-acre natural area is seven miles from the main body of the park and borders the Meramec River. This Natural Area contains ancient and rare species within and has always been a wild and rigorous area. Thanks to State Park staff and the Master Naturalist group, the Vilander Trail makes Vilander Bluff much more accessible. Through grant money, the state park is now installing a small parking area at the trail head. Ask at the park for directions. Happy trails!
Thank you to the volunteers of Onondaga Cave State Park!
Cave Restoration Replacing the Rails
The old galvanized rails in the Lily Pad Room had to be replaced, for the safety of the cave. Ben Miller, Resource Technician, devised a method to safely catch the metal shavings that were being released as the old rails came down and the new ones went up. The old rails were finished being replaced with stainless steel in 2008.
Volunteers Re-Roof the Shower House
The Ruby-throated Hummingbird is the most widely distributed hummer species in North America, but it is the only breeding hummingbird species in the Eastern U.S. They visit Missouri from mid-April through September. Check out this link to learn more about these tiny, iridescent creatures. A visitor took photographs at one of the Hummingbird Banding demonstrations at Onondaga Cave State Park back in 2006, but we do not know who to credit. Thank you for your contribution! See our hummingbird banding slideshow.
Onondaga Favorites for the Birds, Butterflies and other Insects