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.

  • May 4 - Meet at Picnic Shelter #11 off of Wells Drive in Kennedy Forest

  • June 1

  • August 3

  • September 7

  • October 5

  • November 2

  • December 7

Birding Basics

Quarterly, Thursday evenings

Remaining 2019 dates coming soon!


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