Enjoy Beginner Bird Walks and classes in Birding Basics with experts from Forest Park Forever!

Beginner Bird Walks are led by Forest Park Forever Nature Reserve Steward Amy Witt and volunteer Mark Glenshaw (”the owl man”). Co-sponsored by Forest Park Forever and St. Louis Audubon Society, these walks highlight some of the best urban birding in St. Louis. Known as one of St. Louis’ great migrating passerine hotspots, Forest Park also provides a home to many other bird species that breed or overwinter in Missouri. Join us on our walk outdoors as we find birds together in various areas in Forest Park’s Nature Reserve.   

  • All ages and birding levels are welcome
  • Free and open to the public
  • No special equipment needed
  • Please wear comfortable walking shoes and dress appropriately for the weather

Beginner Bird Walks

First Saturday of Every Month | 8:15-10:30 a.m. 

Bird walks will meet at the Dennis and Judith Jones Visitor and Education Center in Forest Park unless otherwise noted. Reservations are not required, but for further information please contact Amy Witt at

  • June 4, Purple Martins
    • This walk will be co-led by volunteer John Miller. You can hear John talk about Purple Martins in this episode of KDHX's Earthworms podcast. Please meet at the Purple Martin Hotels near the Probstein Golf Course Center and Club House. Park near where Lagoon Drive intersects with Fine Arts Drive.
  • August 6, Prairie Complex near Steinberg Skating Rink
    • The August 6 Bird Walk will meet at the intersection of Faulkner and Wells Drives. (map)

  • October 1
  • November 5
  • December 3

*There will be no Bird Walk in January, July, or September 2016 due to holidays

  • February 6
    • The February 6 Bird Walk will meet on the front lawn of the Boathouse, 6101 Government Drive.
  • March 5
  • April 2
    • The April 2 Bird Walk will meet at Picnic Pavilion 11 (map)
  • May 7, Migration Walk
    • The May 7 Bird Walk will meet at Picnic Pavilion 11 (map)

Birding Basics

Quarterly, Thursday evenings | 5:00-6:30 p.m. 

Classes take place in the Learning Lab inside the Dennis and Judith Jones Visitor and Education Center in Forest Park, 5595 Grand Drive. Space is limited and RSVPs are required. Please send your RSVP to Jean Turney at

  • August 4
    • A Bird's Eye View with Matthew Toomey, M.D.
      Unlike humans, there are numerous species of birds. While some things are the same or similar for all birds, some species have some interesting, specialized sight adaptations. Marcel Proust said, “The real voyage of discovery consists of not seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.” Throughout this program we’ll take this opportunity to leave our visions behind and see through someone else’s eyes…birds. Explore what you think you know about how birds see the earth, and learn what we know about bird’s eyes and vision.  

  • November 3
    • Identifying Raptors with Julie Watson
  • February 4
    • eBird with Joshua Uffman
      As a birder you’ve probably heard about eBird by now, but how well do you really know this amazing resource?  As the eBird reviewer for our area, Joshua Uffman will help us get acquainted with this powerful citizen science program and personal tool.  Learn how to utilize eBird’s features and how your birding data may contribute to some important research. Light refreshments and snacks will be provided. 
  • May 5
    • Warbler Preview with Pat Lueders


One of the pleasures of Forest Park is the opportunity to observe the natural world and its wide variety of wildlife. The lakes and ponds of the Park are magnets for people, water birds, and many aquatic species. The John F. Kennedy Forest, located in the southwest corner of the Park, acts as a migratory resting area for a variety of songbirds and is home to wild turkeys. Forest Park Forever is committed to sustaining this important ecological balance.

  • "Counting Warblers: A Timetable for the Spring" — By Randy Korotev
    Go to this website for an article reprinted from Nature Notes, the WGNSS journal. It presents a high-resolution Timetable illustrating when 106 species of migrant birds, mostly passerines, pass through the St. Louis area in April and May. The Timetable is based on 20 years of data collected in the John F. Kennedy Memorial Forest, a migrant trap in Forest Park.
  • Forest Park’s Bird Checklist: Click here to download the PDF.
  • Educational Brochures: Educational brochures on land birds and water birds are available at the Dennis & Judith Jones Visitor and Education Center or by calling 314.367.7275.