Birding

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

Every first Saturday, enjoy urban birding in Forest Park’s Nature Reserve, migrating passerine hotspot. These walks are offered in partnership with the St. Louis Audubon Society. Beginner Bird Walks are led by Forest Park Forever Park Ecologist Amy Witt and volunteer Mark Glenshaw (”the owl man”).

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.

  • October 5

  • November 2

  • December 7


Birding Basics

Quarterly, Thursday evenings

Join award-winning naturalist and Forest Park Forever volunteer, Mark H.X. Glenshaw aka "The Owl Man" for an owl prowl to observe the Great Horned Owls he has studied in Forest Park since December 2005. Here is great chance to learn about some of the Park's most amazing animals. Please meet at the Dennis and Judith Jones Visitor and Education Center in Forest Park.

  • September 26 | Bird Brained: Intelligence and Problem Solving in Crow
    American Crows, prevalent across much of the continent, are distinguished by their large, all-black features and cawing voices. Come and explore the world of this exceptional bird, including discussion of the problem solving tactics they display as the interact with their habitat. Learn about food sources, nesting, and other interesting facts. Other local corvids (Blue Jays and Fish Crows) will be included in the discussion. 

    • Presenters: Shira Krause and Bill Salsgiver

    • Time | 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

    • Location | Learning Lab in Forest Park Visitors Center

  • December 5 | Amazing Adaptations: The World of Woodpeckers

    With the exception of Australia, almost every place in the world has woodpeckers. Closer to home, and depending on the season, Missouri is home to seven species. Take an in-depth look at our local woodpecker population including adaptations, anatomy, behavior, and more. You'll also learn how to attract woodpeckers by providing places for them to feed and rest. 

    • Presenters: Shira Krause and Bill Salsgiver

    • Time | 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

    • Location | Learning Lab in Forest Park Visitors Center


Resources

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.

For questions about birding programs in Forest Park please contact birding@forestparkforever.org.