St. Louis Retiree Becomes Hummingbird Expert

In St. Louis, former graphic designer Lanny Chambers has taken up a new title in his retirement. With a big leap from behind the screen into nature, he's joined a small group of citizen-scientists who conduct hummingbird research, specifically the bird's role as a pollinator. Chambers spends his days catching, banding, and releasing ruby-throated hummingbirds -- about 400 per year. 

Because hummingbirds are protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, banding them requires a license from the U.S. Geological Survey's Bird Banding Laboratory. Chambers is one of just 110 people in the United States who carry the license, said Bruce Peterjohn, chief of the Bird Banding Laboratory. Canada is home to another 24 licensees. 

Read more about how Chambers' hummingbird hobby gained him expert environmental status in this St. Louis Post-Dispatch article.

September 6, 2019 - 10:26am

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