About World Bird Sanctuary
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. World Bird Sanctuary’s mission is to preserve, protect and inspire to safeguard bird species as part of the global community for future generations. Our vision is to create a world where diverse bird species are secure and thriving in a variety of stable ecological communities. We work to fulfill this mission through our six core competencies of sanctuary services, education, rehabilitation, propagation, research/field studies and advocacy efforts.
World Bird Sanctuary bustles with activity on 305 acres of Missouri hardwood forest, featuring our public buildings, avian exhibits and five hiking trails. We partner with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources for the use of our land, but otherwise operate as an independent non-profit organization.
Established in 1977, World Bird Sanctuary works to preserve and protect bird species around the world, while inspiring people to join us in our battle against the endangerment and extinction of species. As a 501(c)3 non-profit organization with over two hundred non-releasable birds in our care, and more than five hundred birds receiving medical care in our rehabilitation hospital every year for release back into the wild, our mission becomes quite an expensive labor of love.
During our forty-one-year tenure, we have contributed to bringing the Bald Eagle, Peregrine Falcon and American Barn Owl back from the brink of extinction by breeding those species at our sanctuary and releasing the matured young into the wild. We continue our conservation efforts to this day by working with endangered vultures, eagles, condors, owls and falcons. Meanwhile, our wildlife hospital has treated over 21,000 injured birds of prey and released over forty-three percent of those individuals back to the wild. Also, during this time, our education department has taught over one million people per year about the importance of birds of prey and their environment with our local and traveling education programming.
The birds in our care reside in the safest, state-of-the-art avian housing, receive the very best nutrition and veterinary care, and participate in educational programs for both their own enrichment and exercise, as well as for the education of our public. Our birds are treated as highly respected and valued members of our family, and their proper care is the first priority of every day at the sanctuary. Education birds receive proper time off from public life, they are trained with positive reinforcement techniques only, and if they do not wish to participate in programs, they are not forced to do so.
Our keepers and staff are well-trained leaders in their field. Our sanctuary is funded by donations from the public, and with earnings from our educational programs. We receive no local, county, state or federal funding. World Bird Sanctuary holds eleven federal (US Fish and Wildlife) and state (MO) permits and undergoes regular inspections of our facilities and operations by these entities.
World Bird Sanctuary has been the standard for raptor rehabilitation, conservation and education for over forty years.
World Bird Sanctuary operates under the leadership team of three senior directors, Dawn Griffard, Roger Holloway and Jeff Meshach, along with a dedicated staff, volunteers, interns and an active Board of Directors. The leadership team directs 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 19 and hires approximately 16 part time employees each year.
World Bird Sanctuary is one of North America’s largest facilities for the conservation of birds. World Bird Sanctuary is on the leading edge of public awareness regarding the plight of bird species worldwide.
To preserve the earth’s biological diversity and secure the future of bird species and their natural environments through the three pillars of education, conservation, and rehabilitation.
We envision a world in which World Bird Sanctuary contributes significantly to protecting and preserving the avian species of the world while inspiring others to do the same.
- Excellence: We ensure the highest standard of animal and wildlife care, provide excellent guest service and create fun and transformational experiences that connect people to nature.
- Conservation: We are committed to practicing, promoting, and initiating activities and actions that best benefit wild bird populations and the environment in which they live.
- Integrity: We are transparent and committed to best practices, acting in a manner consistent with our core values and mission. We uphold the highest standards of honesty and ethical behavior. We treat others with respect and dignity. We believe in rigorous assessment of our work and tangible measurement of our impact, and in sharing those results transparently.
- Diversity and Inclusion: We embrace diversity and promote inclusion in all we do. We believe that nature is for everyone and all individuals should have an opportunity to engage and enjoy it.
- Collaboration: We embrace teamwork and play an active and positive role in all the communities of which we are a part, including our town, the State of Missouri, and our national and worldwide partners.
- Passion: We are proud, energetic and passionate about saving birds, and will inspire others to value the critical roles of birds in the environment.
- Education: We believe that immersive experiences with animals, and programs of science and exploration based upon leading-edge educational approaches, provide powerful and influential inspiration for people to care, be inspired and empowered to act on behalf of wildlife conservation.
The World Bird Sanctuary is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides refuge to over 270 residents and rehabilitation and emergency care for up to 400 patients every year. We receive no state, federal or county funding and rely on donations from the public, corporate and foundation supporters to achieve our mission.
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