There's A Unique Bird Sanctuary In St. Louis... And It's Truly Spectacular
The World Bird Sanctuary was founded in 1977 by Walter Crawford. His vision was to create a place of care, safety, and rehabilitation for wild birds. Through the years, the World Bird Sanctuary has grown to a 305-acre space and has cared for over 200 species. This is a completely non-profit, community supported haven that works through education and advocacy to protect bird species. It’s also an entertaining and fun place to see and learn about wild birds.
The staff at the World Bird Sanctuary cares for the birds and welcome human visitors.
The World Bird Sanctuary provides emergency care for around 400 birds each year.
Many of the injured birds will stay at the World Bird Sanctuary while they heal. You can adopt a bird and provide money to cover the birds care for a month or for a year. Adopting a bird doesn't mean you bring it home; these are large birds or wild birds of prey who need highly specialized care. However, there are perks to helping these birds— with a one-year adoption, you can attend special visiting times and a host of other great mementos.
There are many species at the World Bird Sanctuary.
You might see owls, eagles, and vultures. Or maybe pelicans and swans— you just never know what kind of feathered friends might be roosting here!
Education is the key to understanding the needs of wild birds.
The World Bird Sanctuary holds many informative events throughout the year.
On your visit here, you can walk the avian enclosure exhibits. There are also hiking trails, free seasonal shows...
... and a new play area that is perfect for the little ones to burn some energy before bird watching!
Dedicated in Memorial to Sheryl Evans, this play area is one of many ways the World Bird Sanctuary helps children have a great time during their visit.
Both admission and parking are free at the World Bird Sanctuary.
As a completely non-profit organization, they rely on donations from the public and businesses to care for the birds. Consider making a donation or becoming a supporter of the World Bird Sanctuary when you visit!
You will find the World Bird Sanctuary near Lone Elk Park. Their address is 125 Bald Eagle Ridge Rd., Valley Park, MO 63088.
The World Bird Sanctuary only cares for large wild birds and birds of prey. For more information about the organization, volunteer opportunities, and special events, check out their website
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Looking for more great places for animal encounters in the city? The
Saint Louis Zoo is always a fun spot to explore!
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