Bird Watching Programs
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 email@example.com.
- June 3
- August 5
- October 7
- November 4
- December 2
*There will be no Bird Walk in July or September 2017 due to holidays
- January 7
- February 4
- March 4
- April 1
- May 6
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- February 2: Introduction to Bird Watching
- Perhaps you are interested in beginning to bird watch, or perhaps you have come to birding through hobby instead of academics? The St. Louis Audubon Society is ready to draw you into the world of birding by providing you the background you need to push forward. Traveling through avian anatomy, birding equipment and ID tips, you will have the background with which to paint the more intricate details as you continue to bird. Light refreshments and snacks will be provided.
- May 4
- August 3
- November 2: Playing Around with Birds
- Come explore some interactive ways to learn about birds. Play some birding games. Explore some bird simulations and join in the discussion about how to best introduce birding to the younger generation. Jean Turney, Education Coordinator with Forest Park Forever, will share some tools used with kids but why should kids have all the fun?
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.