Marion Ernst is the Grants and Publications Coordinator at World Bird Sanctuary.
She is a sixth generation south St. Louisian. Marion started volunteering at Raptor Rehabilitation and Propagation Project, Inc., in 1981 while taking a Career Panning and Decision Making Class at Webster University under Doctor Carrie Richardson. The assignment was to volunteer for an organization or company where Marion could utilize her love of writing and wildlife.
Soon after becoming a Thursday volunteer, Marion began helping with the newsletter. In 1982 she became the assistant editor of Mews From The News, and in 1985 she became the editor. For over two years Marion wrote scripts for a local cable television program that worked with the sanctuary called “Saving Our Wildlife.” She started the gift shop while the organization was at Tyson Research Center, and moved the merchandise to Lone Elk County Park when the Office of Wildlife Learning opened there. Marion started and ran the Bird Haus Fest bird building contest at the Crestwood and South County Shopping Malls for three years. She led a group of staff who volunteered their time to host special events for the public at our current location before the first building was ever constructed. Marion has procured numerous inkind items for the sanctuary, incuding the 500 gallons of diesel fuel donated from the Amoco Refinery in Wood River, Illinois, that allowed us to begin construction of the new center.
Marion strives to make the Mews News a quality publication. She is in charge of the Membership and Adopt-A-Bird programs. She considers it an honor to work with Walter Crawford, the founder of organization, and with Mike Cooke, the now retired assistant director of World Bird Sanctuary, who started the first Bird Aircraft Strike Hazard (BASH) program in 1996 to prevent dangerous collisions between planes and animals.