World Bird Sanctuary is a beautiful and exciting place to explore in the springtime. It offers lots of activities and offerings to get you back outside!
The sanctuary is already abuzz with the return of migrating species, plus those that never leave! It is not unusual to see a wild bald eagle soaring overhead and hear the first caws of the fish crow as they come back to the area. Be sure to come and enjoy the wild birds from the brand new songbird observation deck (at the end of the display line) and take advantage of one of three hiking trails (wear proper footwear!).
Kicking off World Bird Sanctuary’s spring/summer programs is World Eagle Day on March 26 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Join the World Bird Sanctuary staff and volunteers to celebrate eagles from all around the world. The event includes kids’ activities, free-flight bird show (eagles, of course), a bald eagle photo op, Wildlife Hospital tours and naturalist presentations. You’ll learn everything you ever wanted to know about eagles of all kinds!
Next up on the calendar is a brand new event this year — the PokeHunt! Try your hand at following the clues to find plush, crocheted Pokemon characters. You find it, you keep it! This fun event will also feature crafts and more activities to enjoy as well — stay tuned for more details!
Bat Fest is a fabulous event that pays homage to an often forgotten hero of our world — the BAT! Come learn more about these flying mammals and learn why they are so incredibly important to our environment and to us humans! Crawl through the bat cave, get your face painted, sit through one of the many programs given by the expert bat people of the State of Missouri and enjoy a “Creatures of Myth and Legend” stage program! Dates will be announced soon; visit the World Bird Sanctuary website for more information.
International Migratory Bird Day celebrates the diversity of songbirds and other migratory birds that work their way through the St. Louis area. Visitors will learn why it’s so important to protect these species and what laws are on the books to make sure we never lose another whole population of birds again. What types of birds migrate through our area? You may actually help find out first-hand by working with the World Bird Sanctuary Banding Team to catch, band and release some songbirds while you’re here for the day. The event will be held in May; visit the World Bird Sanctuary website for updates.
On May 27, the sanctuary starts its FREE Amazing Animal Encounters! These programs take place every Saturday and Sunday at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the Nature Center amphitheater. These free programs spotlight the variety of reptiles, mammals and birds at World Bird Sanctuary. The show is different every day! Amazing Animal Encounters run through Sept. 4.
In late spring, those migrating birds that we’ve been mentioning are returning in full force. The sanctuary’s Bird Banding team takes advantage of this flurry of activity, and you can watch them in action as they capture birds and record captured birds’ specifications (weight, length, age, etc.) on the first and third Thursday of each month from June through September. You and your family can even take part in letting these songbirds fly back to the wild, once their information has been recorded and they have their new shiny jewelry!
World Bird Sanctuary preserves, protects and inspires to safeguard bird species in the global community for future generations.