Camera Day

This is your opportunity to see and photograph our birds in natural settings. We will also free-fly birds for photographers to get that perfect in-flight shot!

Members of Missouri Nature and Environmental Photographers (MONEP) will be on hand to advise visitors how to get great photos of our birds perched in natural settings.

Sign up or Renew your WBS Friends Membership or Adopt-A-Bird on-site!

When: November 2, 2014 and May 17, 2015
Time: 10am - 2pm
Admission: FREE! Donations appreciated.




Owl Prowls

Come over to the Dark Side and meet the amazing birds that exist by moonlight. Owl Prowls offer an exciting opportunity to learn more about the fascinating lives of owls. Join one of our Naturalists at our evening programs - a 30 minute presentation featuring live flying owls, followed by an easy night hike around our grounds as we try and find wild Barred Owls and Great-horned Owls who are busy setting up territories and finding mates for the winter owl breeding season!

When: Selected Evenings from November 2015 through March 2015
November 2014: Saturday 11/8 | Friday 11/14
Saturday 11/15 | Saturday 11/22 | Saturday 11/29
December 2014: Saturday 12/13 | Friday 12/19
Saturday 12/27
January 2015: Friday 1/2 | Sunday 1/4 | Friday 1/9
Saturday 1/10 | Saturday 1/31
February 2015: Friday 2/6 | Saturday 2/7 | Saturday 2/14 | Friday 2/20 | Saturday 2/28
March 2015: Friday 3/6 | Saturday 3/14

Time: Starts at 7pm
Admission: $11 per adult; $9 per child under 12.

Friends of World Bird Sanctuary receive a 10% discount. Groups of 10 or more pay $9 per adult and $7 per child.

Reservations: call Callie at (636) 225-4390 extension 1
Owl Prowls sell out every year, with a long wait-list for rare cancellations. To avoid disappointment, book your Owl Prowl today!

Open House 2014

As temperatures cool down the activity at World Bird Sanctuary is heating up! Fall is in the air; the leaves are beginning to turn; and World Bird Sanctuary's Open House event is just around the corner! Open House coincides with the Fall bird migration - and this year at Open House, we are giving you a closer look at who our native birds might come across as they head south for the winter! That's right - it's a celebration of birds from the southern Hemisphere - where you'll get to meet birds that you won't find anywhere else in the mid-West!

When: 3rd Weekend in October
10:00am - 4:00pm
Admission and Parking is Free

It's All About What We Do!

Open House is your opportunity to learn first-hand all about World Bird Sanctuary and the work we do to save threatened bird species and their habitats. Special activities include:
  • Behind-the-scenes guided tours of our breeding barn, animal behavioral and training center and the wildlife hospital. These areas are closed to the public for the rest of the year.
  • Shows featuring live animals native to the southern hemisphere presented in our amphitheater three times daily, including: Red-legged seriemas, king vultures, flying macaws, talking parrots, bateleur eagles, tawny eagles and more!
  • Raptor Project concerts.
  • Free adult and kids activities.
  • Photo opportunity - have your photograph taken while holding a live owl!
  • Craft activity center for kids, and special kids programs featuring live animals!
  • Be sure to catch the bus to the "Lower Site" where you will meet special birds in our endangered species breeding program and our animal behavior and training center)

Junior Volunteer Program

Junior volunteers assist with the daily care and husbandry of animals in the Education and Animal Management departments. These activities provide young, aspiring naturalists an excellent opportunity to work with qualified supervision in safe proximity to the animals, while learning about conservation and animal care. Junior volunteers between thirteen and fifteen years of age are taught to handle a small variety of animals, and can begin training to handle raptors at age sixteen.

Junior Volunteer Requirements

• Volunteer for a minimum of eight hours per month.
• Attend a minimum of three volunteer meetings per year.
• Wear a World Bird Sanctuary uniform when working in the Education Department and follow all wardrobe guidelines.
• Have a current Tetanus vaccination.

How to Apply

Print and complete the Junior Volunteer application, and include two sealed recommendations with it; one from a teacher and one from a non-related adult. Recommendations must be sealed and signed over the flap by the author. If a prospective Junior Volunteer is homeschooled, both recommendations must be from unrelated adults, such as scout leaders, church group leaders, etc.

Mail your completed application with the two sealed recommendations to the World Bird Sanctuary Volunteer Coordinator. The documents will be examined to ensure they are properly completed and, if so, an invitation to attend the next Junior Volunteer orientation meeting will be sent to you. Late, or incomplete, applications will not be considered, and completion of an application does not guarantee a Junior Volunteer position will be offered.

Your application and recommendation documents will be reviewed after we have met each other at the orientation meeting. You will then be contacted if you have been accepted into the Junior Volunteer program.

Junior Volunteer Opportunities (13 - 17 years old)

Naturalist:
Assist the World Bird Sanctuary Education department staff with the care and husbandry of animals (birds, reptiles and mammals) housed in the Nature Center and the Environmental Education Center. Help maintain exhibits and displays, interact with World Bird Sanctuary guests by greeting them, answering questions, discussing points of interest found on site, and assisting in the gift shop. This position involves handling animals, working with the public and working outdoors.

Education:
Junior Volunteers have the opportunity to share their interest and passion for animals in our Nature Center, Environmental Education Center, and Bird Brain Library. Each area is open to the public and involves interaction with visitors.

Animal Management:
Junior Volunteers have the chance to work closely with a variety of birds and assist the staff with cleaning, feeding and training activities. This area is behind the scenes and rarely involves interacting with visitors to the World Bird Sanctuary.

Volunteer Program

You can make a difference! Our volunteer program provides incredibly rewarding and satisfying experiences across a broad range of areas and activities for dedicated individuals at least thirteen years old, including the unique opportunity to work directly with birds, reptiles and other animals. Volunteers donate their time, expertise and energy, without pay, and their contribution is absolutely vital to the success of the World Bird Sanctuary. Various positions are available for adult volunteers.

Adult Volunteer Requirements

Please be aware of several important considerations if you would like to be considered for our volunteer team. World Bird Sanctuary volunteers are an important and integral part of our workforce, and we ask all volunteers to treat their commitment as they would a regular job. Our staff and other volunteers will be depending upon you, thus it is critical that you arrive on time and inform the staff member responsible for your area in advance if you are unable to report for your scheduled day are critical.
Additional Requirements
• Volunteer for a minimum of sixteen hours per month.
• Attend a minimum of five volunteer meetings per year.
Become a Friend of World Bird Sanctuary.
• Wear a World Bird Sanctuary uniform when working in public areas and follow all wardrobe guidelines.
• Have a current Tetanus vaccination.

How to Apply

Complete an online application in its entirety, including the submission of a current resume and three completed reference forms. Upon receipt, review and approval by the World Bird Sanctuary Volunteer Coordinator, an invitation to attend the next volunteer orientation meeting will be sent to you via email. Incomplete applications will not be considered, and completion of an application does not guarantee a volunteer position will be offered.

Adult Volunteer Opportunities (18 years old and above)

Naturalist:
Assist the World Bird Sanctuary Education department staff with the care and husbandry of animals (birds, reptiles and mammals) housed in the Nature Center and the Environmental Education Center. Help maintain exhibits and displays, interact with World Bird Sanctuary guests by greeting them, answering questions, discussing points of interest found on site, and assisting in the gift shop. This position involves handling animals, working with the public and working outdoors.

Animal Care Technician:
Assist the staff in our behind the scenes areas with the care and husbandry of exotic birds, amazing raptors and breeding birds. Husbandry duties may include food preparation, assisting with animal training, general grounds maintenance, and cleaning and maintaining our facilities. This position involves handling animals and working outdoors, but does not require working with the public.

Rehabilitation Technician:
Assist the staff with the care, treatment, feeding, cleaning and medicating of birds undergoing rehabilitation at our avian hospital, and with the care and husbandry of birds housed in display enclosures. This position involves the handling of birds, working with the public and working outdoors.

Docent:
Share your passion for animals, the environment and the outdoors by interacting with World Bird Sanctuary guests at our various animal enclosures, the Bird Brain Library, the Visitors Center, or the Environmental Education Center. This position requires attending three Docent training classes.

Bird Banding:
Assist the Bird Banding Team with the ongoing study of on-site wild bird populations. This includes visual and auditory observations and mist netting songbirds. World Bird Sanctuary’s seasonal bird banding program is every Thursday, beginning in March through October. This position involves working outdoors, and with the public during some sessions. Volunteer space for this position is limited.

Clerical:
If you believe in the Sanctuary’s mission and enjoy animals, but do not wish to work with them, helping in the administration offices is an excellent way to volunteer. Clerical volunteers assist our administrative staff with answering phones, data entry, filing and other office duties.

Maintenance:
Do you love mowing grass, shoveling snow, or are you retired from a construction related field? We are always seeking volunteers to help with many different aspects of facility maintenance.

Watch Live Peregrine Falcon Cam Nest Box!

In partnership with Missouri Department of Conservation and Ameren Missouri, the World Bird Sanctuary is pleased to be able to bring you a live video camera on a Peregrine Falcon nest box. The box is located at Ameren Missouri's Portage de Sioux power plant in St. Charles County, Missouri. The wild Peregrine Falcon pair was successful for 2014. Come back next year for another live Falcon Cam!

Highlights of Sioux Falcon Watch 2014

Peregrine Watch 2014 concluded with three chicks hatching and successfully fledging.


Highlights of Sioux Falcon Watch 2013

Peregrine Watch 2013 concluded with four chicks hatching and successfully fledging.
  
   

Highlights of Sioux Falcon Watch 2012

Sioux Falcon Watch 2012 came to end with all five chicks fledging in early June 2012.
  
   

Sponsor an Eagle Flight

Sponsor the flight of a bald eagle at your next corporate event.

Sponsorship of a World Bird Sanctuary Bald Eagle flight at a public event provides your organization with a prestigious and highly visible opportunity for charitable giving and community involvement.

Our bald eagles have been on display or have flown
at a number of high-profile events, including:

  • St. Louis Cardinals Baseball Team Home Games
  • St. Louis Earth Day
  • Veteran’s Day Events
  • Tournament of Roses Parade
  • Boeing
  • Various Local, State & Government Events

Call or Email Now to Book Your Eagle Flight:

(636) 225-4390 or promo@worldbirdsanctuary.org

Northern Saw-whet Owl Banding Friend Program

Free with WBS Friend Membership

Are you a Friend of World Bird Sanctuary? Do you love owls? Are you interested in learning about bird banding? If you said yes to these questions then we have an opportunity for you!

Last fall World Bird Sanctuary joined Project Owlnet. Project Owlnet is an organization that works to monitor owl population trends by mist netting and by banding migrating owls, especially Northern Saw-whet Owls. The results are compiled and used to determine when and where these migrant owls are moving. For the first time in the history of our site World Bird Sanctuary trapped and banded Northern Saw-whet Owls in 2012. In fact over the course of the owl banding program the team trapped, banded and released a total of seven Northern Saw-whet Owls. Our team is going to be at it again this year and would like to invite World Bird Sanctuary Friends to join them and learn more about this important program.

To experience the trapping and banding of wild Northern Saw-whet owls you must be a Friend of WBS. Not a Friend?
It is easy to join us in our mission. Just click here to join!

Details about the Northern Saw-whet Owl Friend program:
Friends must preregister for this fun program by calling 636-225-4390 ext: 106.

Limited space is available on the following Thursdays: October 24th and 31st | November 7th, 14th and 21st
Time: Varies based on sunset | Age: 10 and up | Cost: FREE!


Due to space constraints this event is limited to one Friend and a guest of their choice. Please feel free to bring your camera but be aware for the owls safety flash photography is not allowed. Due to the nature of owl migration there is no guarantee that you will see a wild Northern Saw-whet Owl. This program is weather dependent and may be cancelled due to inclement weather. Every effort will be made to reschedule.

Dress for the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes. This program will be indoors as well as outdoors. For the safety of the owls no flash lights please, World Bird Sanctuary representatives will provide any necessary light.

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Calendar of Events

For reservations call (636) 225-4390

Keeper Talks

When: Every Saturday & Sunday | 9am Admission: FREE!
Have you ever wondered? What do the birds eat? Where does the food come from? Where did these birds come from? Join one of our keepers as they do the morning feeding on our exhibit line, and learn about what we feed the birds, where they come from, and a lit bit about the individual birds that you will meet! Meet opposite the wildlife hospital or catch up with the walk on your own.

Hey! There's Nature in My Woods! - A Guided Nature Hike

When: October 25 | 9am - 11am
Admission: Adults: $11
Children under age 12: $9
Reservations required.
Call 636-225-4390 ext. 101.
Join us for a leisurely 2-hour hike through our oak hickory forest to see what kind of nature is in our woods. An expert naturalist will lead you on your hike – where you may see birds, reptiles, amphibians and mammals. Learn about trees, rocks and who knows what else! Each hike will be a new experience depending on the season and creatures we encounter.

Camera Day

When: November 2nd and May 17th | 10am - 2pm
Admission: FREE! | Donations appreciated

This is your opportunity to see and photograph our birds in natural settings. We will also free-fly birds for photographers to get that perfect in-flight shot! Members of Missouri Nature and Environmental Photographers (MONEP) will be on hand to advise visitors how to get great photos of our birds perched in natural settings. Sign up or Renew your WBS Friends Membership or Adopt-A-Bird on-site!

Owl Prowls

When: November: 11/8, 11/14, 11/15, 11/22, 11/29 | December: 12/13, 12/19, 12/27
January: 1/2, 1/4, 1/9, 1/10, 1/31 | February: 2/6, 2/7, 2/14, 2/20, 2/28 | March: 3/6, 3/14
Starts at 7pm | Admission: $11 per adult; $9 per child under 12.
To book, call Callie, our friendly Education Center at 636-225-4390 ext. 1.

Friends of World Bird Sanctuary receive a 10% discount. Groups of 10 or more pay $9 per adult and $7 per child.
Come over to the Dark Side and meet the amazing birds that exist by moonlight. Owl Prowls offer an exciting opportunity to learn more about the fascinating lives of owls. Join one of our Naturalists at our evening programs - a 30 minute presentation featuring live flying owls, followed by an easy night hike around our grounds as we try and find wild Barred Owls and Great-horned Owls who are busy setting up territories and finding mates for the winter owl breeding season!

World Eagle Day

When: 3rd Sunday in March • 10am - 4pm • Admission: FREE!
Celebrate eagles from around the world. Learn about eagles through our fun activities and presentations throughout the day. Be sure to bring your camera!




National Trails Day

When: 1st Sunday in June • 9am - 1pm • Admission: FREE!
Enjoy the outdoors with this family-friendly event and 3 different length trails to suit your pace. Naturalists with live animals will be at stations along each trail.




Birds in Concert

When: Every Thursday in August • 7pm • Admission: FREE!
Different performers each night. Live birds and free-flight demonstrations accompany musical selections. Pack a picnic to enhance the magic of our outdoor amphitheater.




International Vulture Awareness Day - IVAD

When: 1st Saturday in September • 9am - 1pm • Admission: FREE!
Join us as we celebrate vultures with zoos and conservation groups around the world. Flight shows, kids activities, gifts and souvenirs!




Annual Open House

When: 3rd Weekend in October | 10am - 4pm
Admission: Admission and parking is FREE. No reservations required.
Learn all about World Bird Sanctuary and the work that we do to save threatened bird species and their habitats! Behind-the-scenes tours of our breeding barn, animal and behavioral training center and wildlife hospital, which are normally closed to the public. See education programs featuring live animals presented in our amphitheater twice daily and children’s programs presented at Kid’s Corners twice daily. Free children’s activities and craft center. Giveaways from Whole Foods Market. Sponsored by Ameren Missouri.

Free Music Download: Wonderful Bird Song

Now available for free download, the song that started it all 20 years ago! Wonderful Bird Song has taught bird basics in sing-a-long format and was the first song written by WBS’ Joe Hoffmann for the children’s sing-a-long program. Wonderful Bird Song has been heard by thousands of adults and children alike, both live and on the first The Raptor Project CD, Save the Future.

We hope you enjoy this download!
Download Wonderful Bird Song (right click and select "Save As").

Check out the full The Raptor Project albums here!

All Along the Watershed CD     Save the Future CD

Wildlife Hospital Donation


Treatment & Care

The rehabilitation of a single injured bird of prey costs up to $1000. Over 300 patients are treated each year at the Wildlife Hospital. The staff at the Wildlife Hospital begin the treatment of an injured bird of prey by stabilizing the condition in order to counter the effects of shock and stress caused by the injury. After the bird's condition is stable, the bird receives additional medical care from local charitable veterinarians. Tube feedings, daily medication, topical antibiotic applications and re-dressing of wounds are some of the daily treatments given.

Preparing for a Release

After the bird of prey is phyically well a program of physical conditioning begins. This often involves manipulation of the wings and feet to strengthen and stetch atropied muscles. The bird of prey is placed in a large flight cage that allows for flying long distances. Flying a bird of prey on a long nylon line in an open field is often used as well.

Want to Help?

The Wildlife Hospital is entirely funded by donations from the public. Help us give our patients a second chance to fly.

One Time Donation

Yes, I want to help with my one time donation of:

One Time Donation Any Amount

Sponsor a Release

Your contribution of only $150 helps our patients and gives you the opportunity to participate in the release of a wild bird of prey.
Invite family and friends to release a bird of prey at your home or nearby park. Celebrate a wedding, birthday, anniversary, family reunion, school or corporate function with this special gift.

Questions about Wildlife Hospital Donations or Releases? Call: (636) 861-1392 or email: credfern@worldbirdsanctuary.org

Games

Memory Game

Test your memory skills while learning about the different kinds of birds.  Every match you find will tell you more about your favorite birds.  See how many matched you can find!  You score points for finding all the matches as fast as possible.  How high can you score?

Puzzle Game

Try to complete each of four different bird puzzles!  Each puzzle is different every time you play.  See if you can complete all four.

Nest Box Plans

The primary mission of the World Bird Sanctuary is to preserve the earth’s biological diversity and to secure the future of threatened bird species in their natural environments. With the cooperation and support of small companies, corporations, foundations, and concerned private citizens who are dedicated to environmental protection, we work to fulfill this mission through education, captive breeding, field studies, and rehabilitation.

Today our world is witnessing episodes of extinction never before experienced in the history of mankind. Now more than ever, the importance of becoming aware of the problems facing wildlife is essential. The World Bird Sanctuary understands that we can insure biological diversity on earth only if humans learn to appreciate, understand, and support the roles and needs of each species. To this end the WBS, working in cooperation with Ameren Missouri, has initiated a nest box placement program to insure the survival of many songbird species. Within the past 20 years, the population of songbirds has decreased by 15 to 30 percent, depending on the location.

Today we face a tremendous challenge; protecting endangered or rare songbird populations from becoming extinct and pro-tecting populations of those still common species from becoming threatened. One way for private citizens to assist in the protection of habitat is by identifying and developing management strategies for high priority songbird habitat. You can also help by enforcing zoning regulations and by assisting in the purchase of easements. The construction and placement of nesting boxes is perhaps the most direct way individuals and groups can become involved. This is an especially unique opportunity because it allows private individuals to truly participate in the protection of species and in some instances in the preservation of endangered species. Conservation is not a philosophy, but a way of life that ensures continued life for songbirds and other species.

Bat House Plans

Erecting a bat house on your property provides a safe roosting area for bats. This bat house plan was designed by Minnesota DNR Wildlife Manager Earl Johnson. So it's called the "Johnson bat house. You can download this bat house plan and build your own, or you can visit one of the links below for information about where to buy one.

About Bats

There are more than 1,116 species of bats world- wide with new species being discovered all over the world, about half of these bats are currently at risk. Bats range in size from the smallest mammal the bumblebee bat of Thailand weighing less than a penny to the giant flying fox from Indonesia with a wingspan up to six-feet, equivalent to a male bald eagle. In the United States we have 46 species of bats in Missouri we have 16 species. The smallest two bats in Missouri are the Tri-colored Bat and Small-footed Bat weighing 4 grams with a wingspan of 9 inches. The largest bat in Missouri is the Hoary Bat weighing 35 grams with a wingspan of 16 inches. Bats belong in the order Chiroptera, from the Greek word meaning “hand-wing”. Bats are broken down into two groups Mega-bats and Micro-bats. Micro-bats make of 90% of bats. They have small eyes and most navigate using echolocation. All bats found in Missouri are micro-bats. Mega-bats are the fruit bats and flying foxes. They have large eyes, some have a keen sense of smell, and most do not use echolocation to locate food. Bats have amazing long life spans, the Little Brown Bat found here in Missouri has been known to live up to 34 years. The longest record for a wild bat was a Brandt’s Bat that lived 41 years.

Why Bats Are Important

Bat populations in the United States and Europe are currently being decimated by a disease called "White Nose Syndrome." There is very little known about the disease, but it causes bats to wake during hibernation and go hunting for food, which is not available. They therefore die of starvation. Bats are worth approximately $53 billion to the agricultural crop industry – eating tons of agricultural pests every year. This massive decline in bats will have a significant impact on the food industry – impacting consumers where they can afford least, with rising food prices, as farmers are forced to use chemical pesticides to preserve their crops.

Meet Our Resident Bats

You can learn more about bats in general, and meet World Bird Sanctuary's two resident Straw-colored Fruit Bats, Batty & Scar by visiting our Nature Center.

Learn More About Bats:

Bat Conservation International: www.batcon.org
The Organization for bat Conservation: www.batconservation.org
Year of the Bat: www.yearofthebat.org
Lubee Bat Conservancy: www.batconservancy.org
MO Department of Conservation: www.mdc.mo.gov

Free Stuff

Watch Live Peregrine Nest Box!

In partnership with Missouri Department of Conservation and Ameren Missouri, the World Bird Sanctuary is pleased to be able to bring you a live video camera on a Peregrine Falcon nest box. The box is located at Ameren Missouri's Portage de Sioux power plant in St. Charles County, Missouri. The wild Peregrine Falcon pair was successful last year, raising 5 youngsters.


Bat House Plans

There are more than 1,116 species of bats world- wide with new species being discovered all over the world, about half of these bats are currently at risk. Erecting a bat house on your property provides a safe roosting area for bats.


Nest Box Plans

Today we face a tremendous challenge; protecting endangered or rare songbird populations from becoming extinct and pro-tecting populations of those still common species from becoming threatened. The construction and placement of nesting boxes is perhaps the most direct way individuals and groups can become involved. This is an especially unique opportunity because it allows private individuals to truly participate in the protection of species and in some instances in the preservation of endangered species. Conservation is not a philosophy, but a way of life that ensures continued life for songbirds and other species.

Enviro-Education Programs

  Looking for something exciting and educational for your classroom, group or scout troup? Our enviro-ed programs will provide fun, entertaining, and sometimes hands-on education for your group. These educational programs cover a wide variety of wildlife and environmental topics Select a program below for more information.
Fur, Feathers & Scales
Wings for Tots
Wings for Seniors
Sing-a-Long
Bird Tales
All About Eagles Raptor Awareness
Creatures of Myth and Legend
Reptales
Rainforests Rock
All About Owls
Owl Laboratory
Prairie Preservation
Mammal Mania
Stripping the World
Extreme Ecosystems
Animal Armor
Avian Aerodynamics
Critters for Kids
Resource Nest Boxes
Additional Scout Programs
For pricing and availability call (636) 225-4390 or email: education@worldbirdsanctuary.org

Fur, Feathers & Scales

Fur, Feathers & Scales

Includes a visit with some of our friendly critters. Children can see and touch a live bird, mammal and reptile to help them learn the basics of what makes certain animals different from others. This program is great for daycare centers and organizations with active youngsters. Maximum group size: 30. Pre-school and kindergarten.






Wings for Tots

Wings for Tots

An innovative program that uses four different birds plus numerous touchable items such as eggs, feathers and wings. Wings for Tots teaches children through hand-on experience how and why birds differ from other animals and what makes a raptor unique among birds. Kindergarten through 3rd grade






Wings for Seniors

What makes birds of prey different from other birds? Allow us to show you the answer through the use of props such as wings, feet and feathers. Then meet some of our resident raptors in an up-close and personal environment.


Sing-a-Long

Sing-a-Long

An action packed program that combines live birds, learning and singing in a mixture of fun. It features original songs about birds in general, as well as specific songs about owls, vultures and parrots. Pre-school through 4th grade.







Bird Tales

A fascinating way to learn about birds through storytelling. These tales include Native American legends, Aesop's Fables and other exciting stories. An adventure for those who enjoy seeing live birds and hearing great stories. Limited Availability. All grade levels.


All About Eagles

Did you know that Ben Franklin wanted the turkey as our national symbol instead of the Bald Eagle? Get an up close and personal view of a Bald Eagle and learn the reasons it was chosen instead of the turkey. 3rd grade and higher.


Raptor Awareness

Raptor Awareness

Features birds of prey including falcons, hawks, owls and vultures. Not only will you see different species of raptors, but you'll also learn a vulture's secret weapon and how to identify a bird of prey in the wild. Sit back and enjoy an up close view as some of the birds soar right over your head! Be sure to ask about adding an eagle to your program! 3rd grade and higher.







Creatures of Myth and Legend

Separates fact from fiction about those animals that make you squirm. Discover the truth with our Naturalists and the live, creepy creatures that star in this program. Come face to face with misunderstood animals and discover how they are actually beneficial for humans. Don't be left in the dark! 3rd grade and higher.


Reptales

Reptales

Reptales is an interactive and exciting way to learn about reptiles. Using snakes, lizards, a raptor and tortoise, this program examines the benefits of having reptiles around and dispels the misconception about them. This program works best for a maximum of 150 people. 3rd grade and higher.






Rainforests Rock

Rainforests Rock

Focuses on issues confronting tropical animals such as destruction of the rainforest and illegal animal trade. During the program you will see many animals found in the rainforest. And will also learn how to make choices that will help save these fragile environments and the creatures living in them. 3rd grade and higher.







All About Owls

All About Owls

Over 200 different species of owls share our earth. Meet several of these different types while learning the importance of their existence. All About Owls gives you insight into those mysterious birds of the night. Combine with an Owl Laboratory for a truly educational and entertaining experience. 3rd grade and higher.







Owl Laboratory

Owl Laboratory

Owls have a unique digestive system. What they can't digest, they cough back up! Have a visit with a live owl to learn about them and why owl pellets form and how they can help biologists. Dissect a real owl pellet with the help of a Naturalist. Combine with All About Owls for a truly educational experience. All grade levels.






Prairie Preservation

The United States if the only country where prairies exist. This unique biome is essential for the survival of many different plants and animals, but 99% of original prairies have been destroyed. Encounter animals found in prairies and learn what you can do to help bring the prairie back from the brink of extinctions. 3rd grade and higher.


Mammal Mania

Biodiversity comes from bio meaning "action of living organisms" and diversity which means "range of variation." Biodiversity is therefore defined as "variation among organisms" and is essential for the survival of all living things. Let us introduce you to mammals that have evolved and adapted to different areas of the world according to their surroundings. 3rd grade and higher.


Stripping the World

What do ivory, fur and coral have in common? They are all things that are desired by humans. These are only a few of the wildlife items bought and traded illegally every day. In Stripping the World, meet some of our endangered stars to learn how and why these items are acquired and what you can do to help prevent future possession. 3rd grade and higher.


Extreme Ecosystems

The Earth consists of five major biomes: aquatic, forest, grassland, desert and tundra. Let an animal ambassador from each of these ecosystems take you on a tour of the adaptations they have developed to survive in their extreme environments. 3rd grade and higher.


Animal Armor

Animals defend themselves in a variety of ways, from deadly poisons to thorny bodies. In Animal Armor, you will meet animals with unique abilities to protect themselves. Learn how and why they possess these special traits. 3rd grade and higher.


All About Owls

Avian Aerodynamics

Ever wonder how a bird flies? In Avian Aerodynamics, you will learn the basic physics of how and why birds are able to soar through the sky. Flight demonstrations with different avian species aid in teaching these concepts. 5th grade and higher.







Critters for Kids

Critters for Kids

Want to meet more than just birds? Critters for kids, come face to face with a variety of birds, reptiles and mammals and learn how they interact with each other. Meet an owl and its prey or discover common Missouri wildlife. The choices and combinations are endless.







Resource Nest Boxes

Incorporate a Resource Nest Box into your classroom or scout teaching. Available for a nominal fee and a 2 week period. Each box contains activities and props for four different subjects:

Protect Our Planet

Conservation is the focus of this box through recycled crafts, posters, books and videos that teach children to become environmental detectives and much more.

Rocks Rock

Ten different specimen sets of rock, minerals and fossils as well as fossil replica kit, geology knowledge cards and geology books are included in this box.

Talon Tote

Birds of prey come alive in this box with life-size wearable wings, track and talon replicas, puppet shows, books and crafts.

Where We Live

The world's five major biomes are represented in this box through a puppet show, books, knowledge cards, activity booklets, games and videos.


Additional Scout Programs

Available 10am-3pm. Minimum 10 scouts or $60 per program. Prices subject to change.

Cub Scouts:

Tiger: Earn 1/2 of a "Tiger Track Bead" or complete Achievement 5
Wolf: Complete Elective 13 or Achievement 7
Bear: Complete Achievement 5 or 6
Webelos: Earn Naturalist Badge or the "Forester" Badge

Girl Scouts:

Brownies: Earn Animals Badge, Watching Wildlife Badge or Eco Explorer Badge
Juniors: Earn Your Outdoor Surrounding Badge, Plants and Animals Badge or Earth Connection Badge
Senior/Cadet: Earn All About Birds Internet Project, Pet Interest Project or Wildlife Interest Project

Advanced Reservations Required. Call (636) 225-4390. Payment in full required at time of reservation.


For pricing and availability call (636) 225-4390 or email: education@worldbirdsanctuary.org

Governance

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World Bird Sanctuary Board of Directors

Officers

President: John Risberg, Sr.
Vice President : John Kemper
Treasurer: Scott Liebel
Secretary: Leon Ullensvang

Board of Directors

Bill Berthold
Dennis V. Breite
James Cook
Tom Drury
Harold Frick
Joel Kichline
Terry Potter
Thomas Rollins
Ryan Shaughnessy
Ronald Suchanek
Trent Tinsley

Financials

Form 990 (2010)
Form 990 (2011)
Form 990 (2012)
Form 990 (2013)

Annual Report

Annual Report 2010
Annual Report 2011
Annual Report 2013

Privacy Policy

World Bird Sanctuary (WBS) is committed to maintaining your confidence and trust, and accordingly maintains the following privacy policy to protect personal information you provide online.

WBS's Commitment to Online Security

Physical, electronic and managerial procedures have been employed to safeguard the security and integrity of personal information. Billing information is encrypted whenever transmitted or received online. Personal information is accessible only by staff and volunteers designated to handle online complaints or requests. All WBS agents and contractors with access to personal information obtained on the WBS web site are also bound to adhere to this policy.

Personal Information that WBS May Collect Online

WBS collects the following types of personal information: names, postal and e-mail addresses, phone and facsimile numbers, billing information, and complaint information.

WBS may also collect business information from sole proprietorships that apply for membership or program participation, some of which might constitute personal information, as well as personal information from individuals acting solely in their business capacity.

How WBS May Use Personal Information Collected Online

WBS will not use your personal information other than for the purpose for which it was submitted without your consent. We use personal information to reply to inquiries, handle complaints, provide operational notices, and in program recordkeeping. We also process business and billing requests related to program participation. At certain points where personal information is collected on our site, there may be a box where you may indicate you would like to be on a list to receive information about other WBS programs and services and about ways to support WBS. At any time you can add or remove your name from our mailing list by contacting us at promo@worldbirdsanctuary.org.

How Your Information May Be Shared

WBS never sells or rents personal information.
We will release personal information to appropriate governmental authorities under the following circumstances:
  • Where release is required by law (for example, a subpoena) or regulation, or is requested by a government agency conducting investigations or proceedings;
  • Where our records indicate a company may be engaged in fraudulent activity or other deceptive practices that a governmental agency should be made aware of; or
  • Where your communication suggests possible harm to others.

Help Us Keep Your Personal Information Accurate

If your personal information changes or you would like to review the personal information we may have on file, please email us with the new information or your review request at promo@worldbirdsanctuary.org. Let us also know the department or WBS program that led to your submission of personal information so we may efficiently locate your information.

Computer Tracking and Cookies

Our web site is not set up to track, collect or distribute personal information not entered by its visitors. Our site logs do generate certain kinds of non-identifying site usage data, such as the number of hits and visits to our site. This information is used for internal purposes by technical support staff to provide better services to the public and may also be provided to others, but again, the statistics contain no personal information and cannot be used to gather such information.

A cookie is a small amount of data that is sent to your browser from a Web server and stored on your computer's hard drive. WBS uses non-identifying cookies to provide easier site navigation and access to forms. You can still use the WBS site if your browser is set to reject cookies. Our cookies do not generate personal data, do not read personal data from your machine and are never tied to anything that could be used to identify you.


Problems?
If you have a complaint about WBS's compliance with this privacy policy, you may contact us at promo@worldbirdsanctuary.org

How To Help An Injured Bird Of Prey

Approximately 300-400 birds of prey per year are admitted to the Kathryn G. Favre Wildlife Hospital at World Bird Sanctuary. An injured raptor requires immediate and specialized care and any delay reduces the bird's chances of recovery and subsequent release back into the wild. The World Bird Sanctuary Kathryn G. Favre Wildlife Hospital admits 300-400 birds per year. We are unable to do pick-ups or rescues do to staffing issues. We are open to accept birds from 8am to 5pm every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas Days. We accept all birds of prey (hawks, owls, eagles, vultures, falcons etc.) as well as herons, pelicans and swans. We do not accept songbirds.

If you find an injured bird of prey, follow these directions to safely capture it for delivery to World Bird Sanctuary
or download them here:

  • Before attempting to aid an injured bird of prey, be aware that a raptor's feet and talons are its primary means of defense. It is also capable of biting with its beak.
  • Get a towel, blanket, jacket or any other lightweight item large enough to cover the entire bird.
  • If possible, wear a pair of gardening or welding gloves to protect your hands and arms.
  • Approach the bird from the rear if possible. If the bird is alert and can follow your movements it may turn to face you, or flip onto its back with its feet in the air. Anticipate that it will struggle when first covered.
  • When close enough, carefully place the cover (jacket, towel, blanket) over the bird, making sure it is completely covered.
  • Quickly restrain the bird by tightening the covering around the bird. Scoop the bird and covering up together, and place into a cardboard box, animal carrier or other secure container. Keep the gloves on and securely hold the bird and covering away from your body to prevent accidental contact with the bird's feet and talons.
  • Do not remove the covering from the bird unless you are satisfied that you can get the covering off the bird without harming yourself. The bird may have grasped the covering in its feet – if so, leave the covering in the box with the bird, although not covering the bird.
  • If it is warm place the box or container in a cool place, as birds can overheat quickly.
  • Do not attempt to give the bird water or food, as both may complicate the injury, especially an internal one.
  • Transport the bird to World Bird Sanctuary. The Wildlife Hospital at World Bird Sanctuary is open for admissions every day from 8am to 5pm. If you find the bird outside of the hours, keep it in a dark, dry safe place until you are able to bring it to World Bird Sanctuary. Do not give the bird water or food.

If you find a songbird – Cardinal, Bluebird, Bluejay etc. – you can call Wild Bird Rehab at (314) 426-6400.

As always, if you are in any doubt and need further guidance, please call our Wildlife Hospital at (636) 861-1392 for more information or advice.

Under Federal and State law it is illegal for any person to injure or possess a bird of prey or any related items such as feathers, eggs or a nest. World Bird Sanctuary is fully licensed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the State of Missouri to rehabilitate, care for, house and maintain injured raptors.

What To Do If You Find A Baby Bird

During the Spring we receive many calls regarding young birds that have fallen from the nest. Some are in genuine need of our help, like the baby green herons whose nest was destroyed when a tree was felled and parents failed to find the makeshift nest. Others are baby birds that you may think need help, but don't always need our well-meaning 'help' – like the baby Barred Owl that was admitted. It was a fledgling and was spending time on the ground learning how to fly, while his parents still cared for him. Instead he had to learn how in a rehab. Follow the guidelines below to determine whether or not a young birds needs our help or download them here:

If you find a baby bird that has feathers, it's eyes are open and it is able to move away from you:

- The best thing to do is leave it alone! The parents will find it and continue to take care of it wherever it is. Baby birds do not leave the nest knowing how to fly. They initially fall out of the nest, and start clinging to branches or brush. The stay close to the ground for about 1-2 weeks, and start flying with short hops from branch to branch. The hops gradually get longer, until the bird eventually flies.

If the bird is in immediate danger of being attacked by a cat or dog:

- When possible, remove the cat or dog from the area until the bird is able to fly (1-2 weeks).
- Put the bird in a nearby bush, shrub or tree limb, out of harm's way. Most birds have a poor sense of smell, and the parents will not abandon a baby bird touched by humans.
- Don't stay in the immediate vicinity of the bird – the parents are probably watching and will not approach if you stay around.

If you find a baby bird with little or no feathers and you know where the nest is:

- Return the bird to its nest.

If the nest is destroyed, cannot be found, or cannot be reached:

- You can make one using a small basket or margarine container. Punch holes in the bottom and line the container with paper towel (not with grass, as moisture in the grass can cause birds to become too cold). Secure the 'nest' with duct tape in a branch fork near the old nest. The parents will find it. Check out our blog about a makeshift basketball net nest for a family of Cooper's Hawks last year.

If you are certain the bird is an orphan:

- When you are certain the parents have been killed, prepare to transport the bird to a rehabilitation facility. Carefully place the baby bird in a small open container linked with paper towel, and place both in a cardboard box
- Do not attempt to feed or water an orphaned bird. A bird's diet is very particular and they have a feeding schedule that must be followed.

If you are tempted to keep the baby bird:

- DON'T. Migratory birds, including songbirds, are protected under federal law. Possession of a bird, its nest or eggs without a permit is illegal.

Which rehab facility?

The World Bird Sanctuary's Kathryn G. Favre Wildlife Hospital admits 300-400 birds per year. We are unable to do pick-ups or rescues due to staffing. We are open to accept birds from 8am to 5pm every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas Days. We accept all birds of prey (hawks, owls, eagles, vultures, falcons etc.) as well as herons, pelicans and swans. We do not accept songbirds.

If you find a songbird – Cardinal, Bluebird, Bluejay etc. – you can call Wild Bird Rehab at 314-426-6400.

As always, if you are in any doubt and need further guidance, please call our Wildlife Hospital at (636) 861-1392 for more information or advice.

Whole Foods Market: One Dime at a Time

Shop at Whole Foods Market Town & Country in April, May & June 2011
to help World Bird Sanctuary!

Whole Foods Market

World Bird Sanctuary is the beneficiary of Whole Foods Market Town & Country's One Dime at a Time program for April, May and June 2011. This means that every time you shop at Whole Foods Market Town & Country, and take in your own shopping bag, you will be offered a 10c refund. You can then choose to have this refund donated to World Bird Sanctuary. It's a win-win! The environment wins – no non-biodegradable plastic finding its way into our waterways; and World Bird Sanctuary wins – your donated refunds will help us continue the important work in our wildlife hospital and endangered species breeding center.

We'll even get you started! When you shop at Whole Foods Market Town and Country between 12pm and 3pm on the following dates, you will get a free re-usable shopping bag from Whole Foods Market and World Bird Sanctuary (offer limited to first 50 visitors to the World Bird Sanctuary table on this day).

Saturday April 23rd 12pm – 3pm Saturday May 28th 12pm – 3pm Saturday June 18th 12pm – 3pm

We wish to express our thanks to Whole Foods Market for supporting World Bird Sanctuary through their One Dime at a Time program, and through their ongoing efforts to encourage us all to shop in a more environmentally sustainable way.

Year of the Bat

Year of the Bat

Celebrate Year of the Bat with Us During 2011


2011 has been named the Year of the Bat by the U.N. Convention on Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals and the Agreement on the Conservation of Population of European Bats. Year of the Bat is going to promote conservation, research and education of these amazing flying mammals.

Bats are interesting and misunderstood creatures. Learn more about the environmental and economic importance of these animals, the threats they face, and what you can do to help bats survive. Follow World Bird Sanctuary's Facebook Page and Blog for monthly information - interesting bat facts, bat house plans, and to find out what you can do to help bats survive.

Why is a Bird Sanctuary talking about bats?

World Bird Sanctuary is also going to participate by having some of our blogs dedicated to bat information and some additional displays about our bats and bat conservation at our Nature Center. We are going to work on promoting the conservation of these amazing animals by providing much needed education for one of the world’s most misunderstood and persecuted mammals. World Bird Sanctuary is participating in promoting Year of the Bat because bird and bat conservation are directly related. Many of the same issues and threats that birds face are also issues affecting bats. Three of these overlapping threats include habitat loss, pesticides and wind power. Throughout 2011 we be exploring each of these topics, along with many others. Follow Cathy Spahn's Bat Blog at http://world-bird-sanctuary.blogspot.com

Batty and Scar

About Bats

There are more than 1,116 species of bats world- wide with new species being discovered all over the world, about half of these bats are currently at risk. Bats range in size from the smallest mammal the bumblebee bat of Thailand weighing less than a penny to the giant flying fox from Indonesia with a wingspan up to six-feet, equivalent to a male bald eagle. In the United States we have 46 species of bats in Missouri we have 16 species. The smallest two bats in Missouri are the Tri-colored Bat and Small-footed Bat weighing 4 grams with a wingspan of 9 inches. The largest bat in Missouri is the Hoary Bat weighing 35 grams with a wingspan of 16 inches. Bats belong in the order Chiroptera, from the Greek word meaning “hand-wing”. Bats are broken down into two groups Mega-bats and Micro-bats. Micro-bats make of 90% of bats. They have small eyes and most navigate using echolocation. All bats found in Missouri are micro-bats. Mega-bats are the fruit bats and flying foxes. They have large eyes, some have a keen sense of smell, and most do not use echolocation to locate food. Bats have amazing long life spans, the Little Brown Bat found here in Missouri has been known to live up to 34 years. The longest record for a wild bat was a Brandt’s Bat that lived 41 years.

Meet our resident Bats

You can learn more about bats in general, and meet World Bird Sanctuary's two resident Straw-colored Fruit Bats, Batty & Scar by visiting our Nature Center.

Learn More about Bats:
Bat Conservation International: www.batcon.org
The Organization for bat Conservation: www.yearofthebat.org
Lubee Bat Conservancy: www.yearofthebat.org

Adopt-A-Mascot

Adopt-a-Mascot! Involve your students in raising environmental awareness while raising self-esteem as they learn the value of making a difference in the world. Through hard work and dedication students garner community support to help them raise the funds needed to adopt a World Bird Sanctuary mascot. With the contribution of each child, your students will reach their financial goal in no time! Ask about DISCOUNTS on programs in conjunction with your mascot visit!

Ask about DISCOUNTS on programs in conjunction with your mascot visit! All WBS creatures are available for adoption - ask for more details on additional raptors, parrots, reptiles and mammals!

$340


Eastern Screech Owl
American Ketstral

$365


Harris’ Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk
White-necked Raven
Tawny Owl

$390


Peregrine Falcon
Red-tailed Hawk
Barn Owl
Great Horned Owl

$440


Bald Eagle
Golden Eagle
Eurasian Eagle Owl
Tawny Eagle

$525


Andean Condor*
*not available
for off-site visits

Your Adoption Fee Includes:

- Interesting and educational natural and life histories on your REAL, LIVE mascot
- 1 11”x14” photo of your mascot
- Adoption certificate
- 100 bookmarks of your adopted mascot
- Personalized environmental awareness poster
- 1 hour visit with your mascot (at your school or at WBS)
- Teaching tools that relate to your mascot, customized for your grade levels
- One year subscription to WBS’s newsletter “Mews News” (5 copies mailed to your program contact for distribution)

Your Adoption Fee Helps:

- Feed and care for your adopted mascot for one year
- Provide quality education programs and opportunities for today’s youth
- Increase awareness throughout the world of the importance of protecting endangered species and their habitats

Additional Opportunities:

- Bookmarks: $25 per additional 50
- Mews News: $1 per additional copy (includes ship-ping within continental US)
- Adoption visits within 50 mil radius of St. Louis - included; 50 - 100 mile radius is additional $100, over 100 miles please call for quote.


Questions about Supporters? Call: (636) 225-4390 ext. 0 or email: lmacleod@worldbirdsanctuary.org

Wish List

Here is a list of some of the items World Bird Sanctuary needs on a regular basis. These items can be delivered to our Wildlife Hospital or Nature Center any day of the week from 8am to 5pm.

Consumables:

  Liquid Handsoap - dispenser bottles & refills
  Toilet paper
  Sisal rope - 3/8 inch in diameter
  30 gallon trash bags
  AAA Batteries
  Bleach
  Dishwashing liquid
  Liquid laundry detergent
  Paper Towel
  Ziploc bags
  Reusable plastic containers
  Latex gloves
  General purpose floor cleaner
  Letter sized and legal sized laminating sheets
  DVD-R & DVD+RW
  Mailing labels - Avery 5360 or equivalent
  Distilled water
  CLR or other limescale remove
  Drain cleaner
  Listerine
  Cat litter - non-clumping
  Adams Flea & Tick Spray
  Duct tape
  Clorox or other antibacterial wipes
  Scotch brite Green Scrubbies
  Multifold hand towels for dispensers in bathrooms

Animal Care/House Items:

  Energy efficient light bulbs
  Kitten canned food - no fish/seafood flavor, no gravy or chunks
  Cat canned food - no fish/seafood flavor, no gravy or chunks Timothy Hay for rabbits
  Wild bird seed
  Cypress mulch (Cyrpress ONLY)
  50w infrared heat lamps for reptiles
  Ceramic heating elements for reptiles
  Old (or new!) towels, blankets and sheets
  Heating pads
  Digital Kitchen Scale
  Large plastic cat litter pans (new)
  Parrot toys
  Macaw cage
  Oxygen cylinders (sizes ‘t’ & ‘d’)
  De-humidifiers
  Spray bottles for water
  Box fans (4)

Office / Education Items:

  Digital cameras
  Paper shredders (4)
  Large paper cutter
  Portable vehicle GPS navigation systems (4)
  Television with DVD capability
  Large easels for displays
  Letter & legal sized white copy paper
  1st class stamps
  Gator clips
  Fiskars brand scissors

Outside/Maintenance Items:

  Welding gloves
  Leather gardening gloves
  Chain saw
  Commercial vacuum cleaners (2)
  Lawn mowers
  Weed removers
  Snow blower
  Leaf rakes
  Shovels
  Wheelbarrows

Vehicles:

  Four wheel ATV for trial work
  Four wheel drive with snow plough and back spreader
  Small trailer for hauling lawn mowers etc.
  Vans or minivans for transporting animals and people to education programs

Gift Cards:

  Office Max
  Wal-Mart
  Petsmart
  Petco
  Lowes
  Home Depot

Our Supporters

World Bird Sanctuary acknowledges those members of our community who have consistently provided us with in kind donations, pro bono services and funding in support of our mission.

 

                                                         
S3 Media PGAV
 
Bussen Quarries Bloomsdale Excavating
 
Wild Delight Boeing ECF
 
Earthshare Missouri Cummings Welding
 
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Novus Crown Valley
Cabelas

Ebay Sellers

If you sell products on eBay, you can help World Bird Sanctuary!

Sellers on eBay can donate a percentage of sales from items sold on eBay to World Bird Sanctuary through MissionFish. Sellers choose what proceeds to donate, and are in turn rewarded for their generosity with special eBay giving Works features that help you get more bids and higher prices for items. After the sale, MissionFish and eBay collect and distribute your donation to your designated non-profit and issue tax receipts. This is an easy way to donate to World Bird Sanctuary without opening your checkbook.
For more information email: mernst@worldbirdsanctuary.org

 

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Help World Bird Sanctuary save endangered bird species and their habitats today by making a one-time donation, or setting up a recurring monthly gift through PayPal.

One Time Donation

Yes, I want to help with my one time donation of:

One Time Donation Any Amount

Recurring Monthly Donation

Monthly automated donations through PayPal make budgeting easy! You can help the World Bird Sanctuary to achieve our goals while sticking to your giving budget.

$10 Monthly Donation

$20 Monthly Donation

$50 Monthly Donation

$100 Monthly Donation



This option is only available through a PayPal account. If you do not have a PayPal account you can sign up here www.paypal.com Your monthly donation will be deducted through PayPal. There is no contract - you can cancel this subscription at any time through your PayPal account.

Join E-Scrip Free

Every Purchase Counts

World Bird Sanctuary can benefit every time you shop at Schnucks. Sign-up for an e-Scrip card, and Schnucks will donate up to 3% of every dollar you spend to World Bird Sanctuary. There is no cost to you!

You can get an e-Scrip card at any Schnucks store and activate it with World Bird Sanctuary as your beneficiary.

Fill out on-line www.escrip.com
Or download the form and we will send you one – it couldn’t be easier!

 


Questions about E-scrip? Call: (636) 225-4390 ext. 102 or email: credfern@worldbirdsanctuary.org

Planned Giving

Leave a Meaningful Legacy

World Bird Sanctuary receives no state or federal funding and relies entirely on donations from members of the public to achieve our mission. You can help World Bird Sanctuary to continue to successfully achieve our mission through planned estate giving. Your legacy gift will make a permanent statement of your philanthropic values. Your donation will help us to achieve our mission by engaging young Americans in responsible environmental stewardship for the world’s future generations through our environmental education and protection efforts.

Benefits Include:


  • Making a contribution to a stable, economically sound and credible organization.
  • The satisfaction of knowing that your contribution will make a difference to the future generations of Americans that will be responsible for managing and protecting our planet.
  • Possible savings on federal estate taxes.
  • The freedom to change your mind and your bequest at any time.

At the forefront of developing future generations of personally responsible young Americans, the World Bird Sanctuary encourages them to make decisions that lead to thoughtful earthstewardship and management of natural resources. As an acknowledged leader in the fields of environmental education and raptor rehabilitation, the World Bird Sanctuary is considered to be the best center of its kind in the United States.

We have over 30 years of success in achieving our mission through our four focus areas, and numerous accolades and awards for our achievements in wildlife conservation and education. The World Bird Sanctuary is a consistently successful and credible conservation organization, which makes investing in us one of the safest strategic decisions you can make.


Questions about Planned Giving? Call: (636) 225-4390 ext. 102 or email: credfern@worldbirdsanctuary.org

Thank You!

Thank you for your support!

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The Raptor Project CDs

All Along the Watershed CD
Save the Future CD

All Along the Watershed


All Along the Watershed CD
All Along the Watershed is the next step in the journey of the Raptor Project.

Missouri American Water is proud to sponsor this educational and fun CD with the World Bird Sanctuary. The music tells a fundamental story. We all live in a watershed. Watersheds can be huge or even small ecological communities. Water ties them all together to you will hear and learn about water and how we all have to protect it for our future and the future of wildlife.

And, it fulfills the mission of WBS. All donations will go directly to the project and proceeds from every CD sold will go directly to our Wildlife Rehabilitation Hospital to provide care of injured wild birds of prey.

The CD is available for purchase for $12 with a $3.00 shipping and handling charge.

TrackSample (click to play)
Clean Water
Mr. Frog Blues
The Greatest Opossum
The Parrot Song
White Pelican
All Along the Watershed
Bird in My Backyard
Waterfall
The Food Chain Blues
Snake Parade
Wolf
Animal Noises
What's the Matter?

Save the Future


Save the Future CD
Thanks to popular demand, World Bird Sanctuary's house band, The Raptor Project, has released its first CD, Save the Future. It consists of original songs about birds, the environment and taking care of our planet.

After years of sing-a-long and Birds in Concert performances, many requests from teachers, friends and WBS visitors inspired the project. The collection is made up of 13 songs, encoded lyrics on the CD and teacher activity pages. This recording is for everyone; kids, parents, teachers, young and old will find it fun and educational.

And, it fulfills the mission of WBS. All donations will go directly to the project and proceeds from every CD sold will go directly to our Wildlife Rehabilitation Hospital to provide care of injured wild birds of prey.

The CD is available for purchase for $12 with a $3.00 shipping and handling charge.

Raptor Project
TrackSample (click to play)
Save the Future
Wonderful Bird Song
Turkey Named Fred
The Vulture Song
Hawk of the Highway
Little Tree
Happy Bird Day
The Owl Song
Dodo
Roadkill Shiver
The Raven Song
Eagle Wind
Footsteps

Corporate Membership

Your customers and employees pay attention to what you’re doing in the community.

Becoming a Corporate Sponsor of World Bird Sanctuary shows your clients and your employees that you care about your impact on the environment. Corporate support is critical to the success of the World Bird Sanctuary, but sponsoring the World Bird Sanctuary is a great business decision for your company.

  • 84% of Americans say they are likely to switch brands, when price and quality are equal, to help support a cause.
  • 75% of Americans say a company’s commitment to causes is important when they decide which products and services to recommend to others.
  • Employees whose company’s support causes are 40% more likely to say that they are proud of their company’s values and nearly 25% more likely to be loyal to their employers.
  • (Source: 2002 Cone Corporate Citizenship Study)


Questions about Supporters? Call: (636) 861-3225 or email: sponsor@worldbirdsanctuary.org

Goodsearch

Do you want to help the World Bird Sanctuary but don't have the time or money to spare? Well now you can help us out by doing something you do every day, search the Internet.

GoodSearch is a search engine which donates 50 percent of its revenues to charities, schools and not-for-profit organizations like the World Bird Sanctuary. All you have to do is designate the World Bird Sanctuary as the organization you would like to support and GoodSearch does the rest. And since it is powered by Yahoo!, you know your searches will be accurate.

Click here to bookmark Goodsearch in your web browser


Beak to Beak

Beak to Beak

a book by Walter C. Crawford, Jr.


A book about Walter's musings on wildlife, conservation and life in general told through a collection of short, true-life stories.

The book is available for purchase for $10.

 

Return to the Wild

Return to the Wild

Take part in the release of a rehabilitated bird!

Returning a bird of prey back to the wild, can cost up to $1,000 in care and rehabilitation. Your contribution of only $150 helps our patients and gives you the opportunity to participate in the release of a wild bird of prey.

Invite family and friends to release a bird of prey at your home or nearby park. Celebrate a wedding, birthday, anniversary, family reunion, school or corporate function with this special gift.

The World Bird Sanctuary Wildlife Hospital is a cornerstone of the World Bird Sanctuary, and is entirely funded by donations from the public. Help us give our patients a second chance to fly. Sponsor a release today!


Questions about Return to the Wild? Call: (636) 861-1392 or email: rholloway@worldbirdsanctuary.org

WBS Friend Membership

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Please show your support by becoming a Friend of World Bird Sanctuary! The World Bird Sanctuary receives no federal or state funding. We rely on donations from private businesses and individuals like you. Your donation will support: education and field study programs, the breeding and releasing of endangered species and the rehabilitation of injured raptors. The World Bird Sanctuary is a 501(c)(3), non profit, tax exempt organization.

Your WBS Friend Membership includes:

  • One year’s subscription to our newsletter – the Mews News – printed three times per year
  • Reusable WBS shopping bag
  • 10% discount on all World Bird Sanctuary merchandise in our gift shop
  • 10% discount on all public programs offered at World Bird Sanctuary, such as Owl Prowls, Nature Hikes etc.
  • Invitations to members-only events held at World Bird Sanctuary

Yes! I would like to show my support of World Bird Sanctuary by becoming a WBS Friend Today!

Individual Donation

Membership Options

Family Donation

(immediate only)
Membership Options

Group Donation

(25 people or less)
Membership Options

Couple Donation

Membership Options
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For more information on becoming a WBS Friend call (636) 861-3225 or email: friend@worldbirdsanctuary.org

 

Support the World Bird Sanctuary

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Help World Bird Sanctuary save endangered bird species and their habitats today by making a one-time donation, or setting up a recurring monthly gift through PayPal.

One Time Donation

Yes, I want to help with my one time donation of:

Recurring Monthly Donation

Monthly automated donations through PayPal make budgeting easy! You can help the World Bird Sanctuary to achieve our goals while sticking to your giving budget.

$10 Monthly Donation

$20 Monthly Donation

$50 Monthly Donation

$100 Monthly Donation



This option is only available through a PayPal account. If you do not have a PayPal account you can sign up here www.paypal.com Your monthly donation will be deducted through PayPal. There is no contract - you can cancel this subscription at any time through your PayPal account.

Homing Pigeon Release

Homing Pigeon
Celebrate your Wedding, Bar/Bat Mitzvah, Anniversary, Birthday, Memorial or other special occasion with the ultimate renewable resource: Homing Pigeons!

Create unforgettable memories at your next special occasion when the guests of honor release beautiful Homing Pigeons high into the sky or honor someone special with a symphony of flight as their spirit takes wing.

There's nothing like this earth-friendly experience. Homing Pigeons have an extraordinary homing capability and when released at your event will return home to the World Bird Sanctuary for release another day.

These creatures are unforgettable for your special occasion and are the ultimate renewable resource.

Releases are dependent on weather and therefore are not guaranteed.


For pricing and availability call (636) 225-4390 or email: education@worldbirdsanctuary.org

BIRDday Parties

Birdday Party
A great way to celebrate your birthday while supporting wildlife. Birdday parties include a 20-30 minute animal encounter, birthday cake, beverages and a gift for the birdday star.

This 90 minute party accommodates a maximum of 15 people.
All parties held at World Bird Sanctuary. Eagles available for additional cost.

 

50% non-refundable deposit required upon reservation.
Standard package*: $225* includes:
  • live animal encounter
  • birthday cake
  • beverages
  • a special gift for Birdday Star
  • *Add $10 per guest over first 15.
Deluxe package*: $325* includes:
  • all standard package items plus:
  • custom invitations
  • custom thank you cards and
  • gift bags for each guest
*Add $20 per guest over first 15.


*prices subject to change
For pricing and availability call (636) 225-4390 or email: education@worldbirdsanctuary.org

Field Trips

Guided Tour

Guided Tours

Allow one of our knowledgeable Naturalists to take you on a tour of our facilities. Learn about the past inhabitants of our area and meet our current residents. Tours last approximately 60 minutes. Maximum group size: 25 individuals

Bird Bundles

If you're looking for a children's activity to do while visiting, pick up a Bird Bundle. These packets are filled with activities to complete while visiting. All the materials necessary for completing the Bird Bundle are provided. Level 1 is available for 2nd grade and lower. Level 2 is available for 3rd grade and higher.

Birds Bugs and Bark

Join a Naturalist on a hike through the natural wooded habitat on the World Bird Sanctuary's property. Search for animals that live in our forest and learn how everything is interrelated. This program can be combined with other activities to accommodate a larger group. Maximum group size: 25 students.

Rock Hunt

Why are river rocks a particular shape and color? Take a trip to the Meramec River to examine rocks found in and near the water. Hike away from the water to see the changes in stones. Spend 45-60 minutes locating and determining the types of rocks found in the area. 5th grade and higher.

Bird in Hand

Ever wonder how and why birds are banded for identification? Get answers to these questions when you learn about mist-netting. Maximum group size depends on season. Can be combined with other activities for larger groups. Level 1: Kindergarten through 6th grade: Learn the basics of songbird identification and bird banding. Level 2: 7th grade and higher: Witness the banding of live birds and assist in collecting important information about each bird.

Freshwater Findings

Ponds support a huge variety of life, from microscopic plants to beavers. Visit World Bird Sanctuary's pond to see what aquatic life forms you can find and identify. Spend 45-60 minutes examining invertebrate samples and nets to discover what inhabits our pond. 5th grade and higher.


For pricing and availability call (636) 225-4390 or email: education@worldbirdsanctuary.org

 

World Bird Sanctuary Programs

Programs

Programs and Shows

A team of Naturalists offer an array of education programs covering a variety of environmental topics, presented in an interactive and entertaining style. Recognized for providing entertaining education programs, the World Bird Sanctuary presents seasonal shows and maintains displays at zoos, aquariums, theme parks, fairs and festivals throughout the year.

Office of Wildlife Learning

The Office of Wildlife learning offers environmental education programs that are developed in accordance with the state of Missouri's Show-Me Standards for education in life science.

Custom Programs

If you do not see a program that suits your exact needs, we can customize a program for your group.
For pricing and availability call (636) 225-4390 or email: education@worldbirdsanctuary.org

Call up to a year in advance to reserve the program and date of your choice.

 

Nature Center and Gift Shop


Nature Center
Nature Center

The World Bird Sanctuary's Nature Center is open daily from 8-5.

The World Bird Sanctuary's nature center houses a variety of birds, mammals and reptiles for visitors to view and learn about. These animals are on display daily and may include parrots from around the world (including the Thick Billed Parrot - the only parrot native to the United States), snakes such as "Kahn", the 12 foot Albino Burmese Python, "Shuttle", the Russian Tortoise and "Inca", the Guinea Pig.

Be sure to step out onto our viewing deck behind the Nature Center to visit with our variety of raptors enjoying their day in one of weathering areas. Here you may see a Eurasian Eagle Owl (the largest species of owl in the world), a White Necked Raven (listen closely you just might hear her talk, whistle or imitate an owl), the fastest creature in the world, the Peregrine Falcon, and much more. All set with our oak hickory forest as the background.

Access is provided by a carefully designed path with hand railing and lighting. There is also a special needs access trail that is paved, equipped with handrails and lighting.

The Raptique Gift Shop

is located at the Nature Center and offers nature-themed apparel, books, jewelry, toys and much more.

Purchase these gifts today!

World Bird Sanctuary Site Map

Exhibits

Exhibits

Outdoor Display Enclosures

Our large outdoor avian exhibits provide housing for a variety of WBS' non-releasable birds. These large enclosures allow these magnificent birds a comfortable place to live out their lives. These enclosures provide exhibit space for a variety of species, which vary depending on the season.

Raptor Exhibits

Live Raptor exhibits such as Bald Eagles, Red-Tailed Hawks, Peregrine Falcons, Eurasian Eagle Owls and much more!

Picnic Pavilions

Pack a picnic breakfast, lunch or snack and enjoy it under one of our picnic shelters on Songbird Lane. We have surrounded the shelters with bird feeders, birdbaths and a butterfly garden, so you can enjoy the birds while you eat. You will also find nearby: McDonald's, Steak 'n Shake, Denny's, Culvers, Bob Evans, Cracker Barrel, Krispy Kreme, Ruby Tuesdays, Taco Bell & Burger King.

Hiking Trails

Hickory Trail at the World Bird Sanctuary extends 1/2 mile. This trail is perfect for wildlife watching and is available only to hikers.

Educational Programs

Entertaining education programs such as Raptor Awareness, Reptiles, Creatures of Myth and Legend, Sing-a-Longs and much more (pre-registration required & fees charged for all programs)

More than Birds!

Many other exciting creatures on display such as reptiles, parrots, insects, homing pigeons, two rabbits and a Guinea Pig

Nearby Attractions

What's Nearby? Lone Elk County Park, Six Flags St. Louis, Hurricane Harbor, Wild Canid Research & Survival Center, and Chubb Trail

Internship Program

Interns
We are looking for reliable, enthusiastic, motivated individuals, who can work well independently and as part of a team. Our internship program runs year round and is in high demand. Please call today to find out about available openings & schedules.

General Internship

Interns will experience all aspects of the World Bird Sanctuary by assisting the staff with the:
  • Captive management of resident birds
  • Daily husbandry duties
  • Maintenance of facilities
  • Rehabilitation of injured birds
  • Public education programs through the Office of Wildlife Learning
  • Interacting with the public at the Visitor Center
  • Field identification of birds & documentation of behaviors
Qualification Requirements
  • Must be capable of rigorous outdoor work in all types of weather conditions
  • Transportation is recommended
  • Minimum of 18 years old
  • College degree or working towards a degree is recommended, but not required.
Other Information
Furnished housing (coed) and utilities will be provided. All interns must complete a special project.
To Apply
To apply for an internship please complete Internship Application at right with your resume, a cover letter stating your career goals and how this internship will help you achieve those goals, three letters of reference and WBS' Intern Application.

Social Media and Fundraising Internship

World Bird Sanctuary has a vacancy for a social media and fundraising intern to assist the Development Department with online marketing and fundraising projects. This internship is available for a 90 day period.
Job Duties
Reporting to the Director of Development, this internship will provide the candidate with valuable experience in targeted social media engagement and fundraising. To earn this experience, the job duties will include:
  • Research and gather relevant information that engages users of our selected social media platforms
  • Developing highly effective, original and targeted marketing copy
  • Understand what works and what doesn't in the world of social media (Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest)
  • Research crowd funding sites and draft proposals to be submitted for funding
  • Must be willing and able to work around tight deadlines
  • The ability to research and write on daily deadlines
  • Ability to through problems and producing solutions
  • Turn research into posts ready for publishing
  • Develop and present ideas to enhance the awareness and popularity of the selected social media platforms
  • Carry out other fundraising and social media projects as assigned by the Director of Development
Candidate Requirements:
  • A strong passion and natural ability for writing
  • Possess the ability to articulate clearly, in writing
  • Strong attention to detail and organization
  • Commitment to producing the best results you are able
  • Excitement about the social media and crowdfunding phenomenon and desire to become an expert on the subject
  • Completed degree or working toward a degree in digital communication, non-profit administration or fundraising
Compensation
This is a full-time internship. The position is unpaid. Class credit is possible, as long as requirements for credits are worked out with your school in advance of the start of the internship. Shared intern housing available.
To Apply
To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to credfern@worldbirdsanctuary.org with the dates that you are available.


Questions about the Internship Program? Call: (636) 861-1392 or email: intern@worldbirdsanctuary.org

Old Volunteer Program

Volunteer
A volunteer is a person who willingly and without pay gives their own time, expertise and talents. Volunteers are vital to the success of the World Bird Sanctuary and are welcomed as family. Our volunteer program offers something for everyone, including the unique opportunity to work directly with birds and animals. The minimum requirement is 16 hours of work per month. Previous animal experience is not required and all training is done on-site. All volunteers are required to become a WBS Friend.

Junior volunteers have the opportunity to assist with daily chores in the education and animal management departments. This position allows young aspiring naturalist to be in a safe proximity to the animals, while learning about conservation and animal care. Applicants must be at least 13 years old and 16 years old to handle birds of prey.

Positions Available

Naturalist Assist the Office of Wildlife Learning staff with the presentation of education programs to help the public and the maintenance of all education animals. Help maintain exhibits and displays and answer questions from the public. This position requires the handing of animals and outdoor work.
Animal Care Technician Assist the staff in our behind the scenes area with the husbandry and care of exotic birds, amazing raptors and breeding birds. Husbandry duties may include food preparations, cleaning facilities, assisting with animal training and general maintenance. This position requires the handling of animals and outdoor work.
Rehabilitation Technician Assist the staff at our avian hospital with the care, treatment, feeding, cleaning and medicating of birds undergoing rehabilitation. This position requires the handling of birds and outdoor work.
Docent Work at the visitor information, nature centers or display areas. Welcome and guide visitors with a brief overview of the property. This position does NOT require the handing of animals or birds, but does require outdoor work.
Field Studies Technician Assist the Field Studies Department with the ongoing study of on-site wild bird populations. This includes visual and auditory observations, mist netting songbirds and nest box studies. This position is seasonal for 1 day a week and requires outdoor work.
Clerical Assist the staff at the World Bird Sanctuary offices with answering phones, data entry, filing and other generic office work. This position does NOT require the handling of animals, birds or outdoor work.

Propagation Department

Propagation

About

The 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.


Propogation

Baby Birds

If 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-Introduction

The 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: prop@worldbirdsanctuary.org

Executive Director - Walter Crawford

Biography

Walter spent his boyhood years in Venezuela, where his father worked as a field engineer for a petroleum company. The exotic birds in the jungles of South America caught the attention of the young boy and his interest in them eventually led Crawford to his life's work - the propagation, rescue, rehabilitation, and preservation of birds, especially birds of prey. Crawford, a Vietnam veteran, received a bachelor's degree from Southeast Missouri State University and a master's degree from Mississippi State University. With the blessing and support of the Zoo's Director Emeritus, Marlin Perkins, in 1977 Crawford founded what eventually came to be known as the World Bird Sanctuary. In 1982 he left the zoo to work full-time at the sanctuary. The work being done by Crawford and the rest of the World Bird Sanctuary staff has been enhanced by the opening of the World Bird Sanctuary's 105 acre nature park in 2000. Under Crawford's direction the World Bird Sanctuary is headquarters for an exciting combination of rescue, rehabilitation, research and education.

Achievements

  • 1st captive breeding of the Bateleur Eagle
  • 1st captive breeding of the Mottled Owl
  • 1982 Conservationist of the Year
  • 1984 Conservation Organization of the Year
  • Distinguished Alumni Awards - Southeast MO State - School of Polytechnic Studies and Agriculture Department
  • 1993 Lifetime Achievement Award - Wildlife Rehabilitation Association
  • 1994 Gorilla, Gorilla, Gorilla Award - Zoological Society of Milwaukee County
  • 1997 International Achievement Award - International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council
  • 1999 Conservation Award & Community Service Award - National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution
  • Certificate of Award for Conservation & Conservation Award of Exceptional Merit - Missouri State Society
  • Award of Appreciation - US Army Corps of Engineers
  • 1991 appointed Curator of Ornithology & Avian Research - Guyana Zoo in Georgetown
  • Member of the Explorers Club
  • Founder & Vice-President of the National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association
  • Past President - International Association of Avian Trainers and Educators

Location and Hours

 

Hours

Daily 8am - 5pm
Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas
Closed at noon June 22, 2013
Closed at noon December 19, 2013
Closed at noon December 24, 2013

Entry to World Bird Sanctuary is free.  Free parking.
(636) 225-4390 ext. 0

Wildlife Hospital

Tours Available
1st Saturday of the month - $5 donation

Absolutely No Dogs Allowed

Please abide by this rule for the safety of our birds, who cannot tell that a dog on a leash is not a threat to them. 
They react to the perceived threat by flying into the sides of their cages, hurting themselves.

Winter Advisory

If it has snowed in the St. Louis area in the last 10 days please call ahead and make sure that we are open.  Our site is not paved and we are unable to plow or salt our gravel roads and walkways.  Icy conditions can persist for about 10 days after it has snowed.

Directions

World Bird Sanctuary is located just off the intersection of Interstate 44 and Route 141 in Valley Park. Be sure to look for the state highway signs on Interstate 44 and Route 141 to find us.

From Downtown St. Louis

Take I-44 west to exit #272 (Valley Park/Route 141).  At the light go right, then make another immediate right.  At the stop sign, make a left onto the North Outer Rd.  Follow this 2.6 miles to the World Bird Sanctuary’s entrance on the right.  If you get to Motomart,you have gone to far.

From the Airport

Take I-70 west to I-270 south to I-44 west.  Take exit #272 (Valley Park/Route 141).  At the light go right, then make another immediate right.  At the stop sign, make a left onto the North Outer Rd.  Follow this 2.6 miles to the World Bird Sanctuary’s entrance on the right.  If you get to Motomart,you have gone to far.

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Contact Us

WORLD BIRD SANCTUARY
125 Bald Eagle Ridge Road
Valley Park, MO 63088

Phone: (636) 225-4390 ext. 0
Fax: (636) 861-3240

               

               


Department

General Information(636) 225-4390 ext. 0Mon-Sun 8am-5pm
Executive Offices(636) 861-3225info@worldbirdsanctuary.org
Education/Office of Wildlife Learning:(636) 225-4390education@worldbirdsanctuary.org
Rehabilitation:(636) 861-1392rehab@worldbirdsanctuary.org
Propagation:(636) 861-3260prop@worldbirdsanctuary.org
 
Sponsorship & Development:(636) 225-4390, ext. 102sponsor@worldbirdsanctuary.org
Press Info/Promotions:(636) 225-4390, ext. 102promo@worldbirdsanctuary.org
 
Adopt-A-Bird:(636) 861-3225adopt@worldbirdsanctuary.org
WBS Friends:(636) 861-3225friend@worldbirdsanctuary.org
 
Internships:(636) 861-1392intern@worldbirdsanctuary.org
Volunteers:(636) 225-4390, ext. 103volunteer@worldbirdsanctuary.org

Staff Directory

Walter Crawford Jr.- Executive Director(636) 861-3225wcrawford@worldbirdsanctuary.org
Jeff Meshach - Director(636) 861-3225jmeshach@worldbirdsanctuary.org
Mike Zeloski - Director of Education(636) 224-4390 ext. 104mzeloski@worldbirdsanctuary.org
Marion Ernst - Director of Publications/PR(636) 861-3225mernst@worldbirdsanctuary.org
Roger Holloway - Director of Facilities(636) 861-1392rholloway@worldbirdsanctuary.org
Melissa Moore- Volunteer and Special Events Coordinator(636) 225-4390 ext. 103mmoore@worldbirdsanctuary.org
Catherine Redfern - Director of Development(636) 225-4390 ext. 102credfern@worldbirdsanctuary.org
Callie Plakovic - Outreach Coordinator(636) 225-4390 ext. 101cplakovic@worldbirdsanctuary.org

Field Studies


The World Bird Sanctuary’s Field Studies Staff are dedicated individuals with biology, wildlife management or related degrees. Each individual is well educated in the visual and auditory identification of avian species in the field.

Our Three Phase Program for Wildlife Area Enhancement

Habitat Assessment

The first step of any project generally includes the evaluation of the property in question.  WBS field staff are able to provide an overall assessment of biodiversity, habitat quality, critical habitat identification and the presence or absence of federally or state identified endangered or threatened species as well as species of special concern.

Habitat assessment typically takes 1-12 months depending on the scope of the project. This incorporates the birds that use the area as breeding grounds, wintering grounds as well as the species that use the area as a rest stop during migration. To establish a population size or assess the impact of a project on a population requires a lengthier study.

Conservation Consultation

After a thorough assessment of the property has been completed, senior WBS field staff will develop various comprehensive habitat management plans taking into account the current and proposed land use. The identification of habitat restoration and/or enhancement opportunities can be made at this time.

Habitat Management

WBS is experienced in the development of long term habitat management programs designed to maintain an increased overall habitat quality. Based on goals and objectives developed during consultations, a detailed management plan can be put together including design, construction oversight and long term monitoring and maintenance regimes. When properly implemented, such a plan is integral to the success of any project and may bring other benefits such as increased aesthetic value and potential reductions in maintenance costs.

Depending on the nature of the project WBS is also experienced in the development of educational programs
and can assist in the development of site-specific educational material.

Recognition

The World Bird Sanctuary (WBS) is internationally recognized as a first-class conservation organization and has consulted on many projects for zoological institutions including international entities such as the Ecuador Zoological Park and the Guyana Zoological Park. WBS' environmental consultants have experience working with numerous government organizations including the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Missouri Department of Conservation, Missouri Department of Natural Resources, United States Air Force, Conservation on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) and many others.


Questions about Field Studies? Call: (636) 861-1392 or email: fieldstudy@worldbirdsanctuary.org

Wildlife Hospital

Ill or Injured Birds

If you find an ill or injured bird of prey, please read the information below or call us at (636) 861-1392.

What to do if you find a baby bird?
What to do if you find a sick or injured bird of prey?

What You Should Do

When attempting to capture an injured bird of prey for transport, be extremely cautious of their feet and talons. Wear gloves and cover the bird with a thick blanket and place it immediately in a pet carrier or cardboard box that can be closed securely. Do not attempt to care for the bird yourself. Bring it immediately to a Wildlife Hospital.

    Wildlife Hospital


About the Hospital

In 2005, WBS officially opened the doors to the Wildlife Hospital. Through the years WBS has been called upon by many government agencies to assist in the rescue and relocation of smuggled and confiscated animals.

The Wildlife Hospital provided the World Bird Sanctuary with its first state-of-the-art facility, in which to conduct a valuable aspect of its mission - rehabilitation. Treating over 300 patients each year, this building greatly enhances our rehabilitation efforts.  The World Bird Sanctuary's active program to assist distressed raptors from Missouri and throughout the U.S. is run by volunteer veterinarians and an experienced rehabilitation staff, assisted by volunteers and interns. These dedicated individuals release as many raptors as possible back into the wild to live out their natural lives. In addition, our Parrot rehabilitation and placement program has allowed us to treat and place over 900 parrots, since its inception in 1977.

Treatment & Care

The rehabilitation of a single injured bird of prey costs up to $1000. Over 300 patients are treated each year at the Wildlife Hospital. The staff at the Wildlife Hospital begin the treatment of an injured bird of prey by stabilizing the condition in order to counter the effects of shock and stress caused by the injury. After the bird’s condition is stable, the bird receives additional medical care from local charitable veterinarians.  Tube feedings, daily medication, topical antibiotic applications and re-dressing of wounds are some of the daily treatments given.

Preparing for a Release

After the bird of prey is phyically well a program of physical conditioning begins. This often involves manipulation of the wings and feet to strengthen and stetch atropied muscles. The bird of prey is placed in a large flight cage that allows for flying long distances. Flying a bird of prey on a long nylon line in an open field is often used as well.

Want to Help?

The Wildlife Hospital is entirely funded by donations from the public. Help us give our patients a second chance to fly.
Sponsor a release today!


Questions about the Wildlife Hospital? Call: (636) 861-1392 or email: rehab@worldbirdsanctuary.org

About the World Bird Sanctuary

World Bird Sanctuary

The World Bird Sanctuary is both a unique St. Louis attraction and entertaining environmental education opportunity. With over 305 acres and over 200 animals in our care, we offer a one-of-a-kind wildlife experience. The World Bird Sanctuary’s mission is to preserve the earth’s biological diversity and to secure the future of threatened bird species in their natural environments. We work to fulfill that mission through education, captive breeding, field studies and rehabilitation.

WBS operates under the leadership of Executive Director Walter C. Crawford, Jr. along with dedicated staff, volunteers, interns and an active Board of Directors. Crawford directs the daily operations of the sanctuary, but is responsible to the Board of Directors in all matters, ensuring that WBS is above reproach in this field. The sanctuary employs a full time staff of 18 and hires approximately 25 part time employees each year. The most important aspect of WBS is, beyond a doubt, its staff and volunteers. They are individuals who have dedicated their lives to wildlife conservation and the mission of the sanctuary. They are also the reason for this organization’s success.

The World Bird Sanctuary is one of North America’s largest facilities for the conservation of birds. WBS is on the leading edge of public awareness regarding the plight of bird species worldwide.

History

Founding

World Bird Sanctuary was founded in 1977 by Ornithologist Walter C. Crawford, Jr. Crawford began his career at the St. Louis Zoo working closely with the Zoo's Director and Wild Kingdom Star Marlin Perkins. Recognizing a need for an organization dedicated to birds of prey, Crawford began his life's work.

History

Roots

Originally named the Raptor Rehabilitation & Propagation Project (RRPP), the World Bird Sanctuary's roots are deep.  The land that housed the RRPP formerly belonged to the U.S. Army, who used the area as a munitions depot during WWII. Many of RRPP's first bird buildings were old Army facilities. "A" Barn, as this building was called, was used to house RRPP's breeding department. The U.S. Army's Administration Offices were initially housed in this facility. "D" Barn had a special purpose for RRPP. It provided housing for injured eagles brought to RRPP that, due to the nature of their injuries, were unable to be released back into the wild. While the U.S. Army was in residence they used the facility as their shower/latrine facility for the nearby barracks.

Today

Today, Crawford continues to direct the organization he founded with a full time staff of 25 and 305 acres of Missouri hardwood forest.  He also travels nationwide to speak at conventions and banquets with his humorous and inspirational message of environmental conservation