AboutThe Propagation Department of the World Bird Sanctuary is an extremely busy department. Eggs, hatchlings, fledglings and parents require a significant amount of care and observation.
We have successfully bred: Eagle Owls, European Barn Owls, Common Barn Owls, Spectacled Owls, Mottled Owls, Tawny Owls, Golden Eagles, Bald Eagles, Egyptian Vultures, Andean Condors, Black Vultures, Turkey Vultures, King Vultures, Peregrine Falcons, Saker Falcons, Lanner Falcons, European Kestrels, Savannah Hawks, Great Black Hawks, Cooper's Hawks, Red-Tailed Hawks, Thick-Billed Parrots, African Pied Crows, White-Naped Raven, Abdim's Storks, Red-Legged Seriemas and White-Tailed Sea Eagles. We are proud be the first in North America to hatch Wedge-Tailed Eagles and Augur Buzzards.
Making a Difference
- We have released over 900 barn owls into the wild in Illinois and Missouri. Thanks to our, and others efforts, the barn owl was removed from Missouri's endangered species list in October of 2008. We continue to cooperate with farmers releasing barn owls and making barns into suitable nesting places for owls.
- Peregrines were seen in 2008 nesting in Clayton, downtown St. Louis, and on the Chain of Rocks Bridge.
- We have also cooperatively reintroduced Andean Condors, bald eagles, golden eagles, and Harris hawks.
Baby BirdsIf you find a baby bird, do not remove it from its nesting area unless you are certain it is injured. Young birds will stray from the nest as they are learning to fly; if you know where the nest is, you can safely put the baby directly back in the nest and the parents will continue to care for it. If you can't reach the nest, put the baby on a high branch in the same tree. It's a myth that parent birds will reject a baby because of the scent on our hands - most birds have no sense of smell at all!
Falcon Re-IntroductionThe World Bird Sanctuary has long been involved in the preservation of threatened and endangered bird species. Due to the pesticide DDT, the Peregrine Falcon was on the brink of extinction, but the efforts of dedicated conservation organizations, like the World Bird Sanctuary, have offered the Peregrine Falcon a second chance. In 1991 WBS celebrated the hatching of the first wild Peregrine Falcon chick in Missouri in over 100 years. The parents were released years earlier by WBS. Efforts continue throughout the St. Louis area to reestablish wild populations of this valuable species. "Hack" boxes, or man-made nests located high above the ground, house young peregrines. WBS staff care for the youngsters until they are ready to leave the "nest".
Questions about Propagation? Call: (636) 861-3260 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org