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: Eurasian Eagle Owls, European Barn Owls, American Barn Owls, Mottled Owls, Tawny Owls, Golden Eagles, Bald Eagles, Egyptian Vultures, Andean Condors, Black Vultures, Turkey Vultures, Peregrine Falcons, Saker Falcons, Lanner Falcons, Eurasian Kestrels, Great Black Hawks, Cooper’s Hawks, Red-Tailed Hawks, Thick-Billed Parrots, African Pied Crows, White-Naped Ravens, and Red-Legged Seriemas. We are proud be the first in North America to hatch Wedge-Tailed Eagles and Augur Buzzards.
Making a Difference
- World Bird Sanctuary’s Propagation Department also breeds non-native birds of prey for use in education programs at reputable institutions around the country. This program provides a source of captive-bred exotic animals without the need for institutions to capture wild animals in their native habitats.
- We have released over 900 barn owls into the wild in Missouri. Thanks to our, and others efforts, the Barn Owl was removed from Missouri’s endangered species list. We continue to cooperate with farmers releasing Barn Owls and making barns into suitable nesting places for owls.
- We have also cooperatively reintroduced Andean Condors, Bald Eagles, Golden eagles, and Harris Hawks.
The World Bird Sanctuary Endangered Species
Breed & Release Program has released:
- Over 1000 endangered Barn Owls (removed from the Endangered Species List in 2008)
- Over 20 endangered Coopers Hawks (removed from the Endangered Species List in 1997)
- 88 Peregrine Falcons (removed from the Federal Endangered Species List in 1998)
- Endangered Thick-billed Parrots, Harris Hawks, Andean Condors and Bald Eagles.
- The Bald Eagle was removed from the Federal Endangered Species list in 2007.
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, World Bird Sanctuary celebrated the hatching of the first wild Peregrine Falcon chick in Missouri in over 100 years. The parents were released years earlier by WBS. There are now 8 known Peregrine Falcon wild nests in the greater St. Louis area and 2 nests on the bluffs north of Alton, IL. World Bird Sanctuary staff band the babies at all the reachable nests to help monitor the area’s population.