Enjoy Beginner Bird Walks and classes in Birding Basics with experts from Forest Park Forever!

 

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Beginner Bird Walks are led by Forest Park Forever Park Ecologist Amy Witt and volunteer Mark Glenshaw (”the owl man”). Co-sponsored by Forest Park Forever and St. Louis Audubon Society, these walks highlight some of the best urban birding in St. Louis. Known as one of St. Louis’ great migrating passerine hotspots, Forest Park also provides a home to many other bird species that breed or overwinter in Missouri. Join us on our walk outdoors as we find birds together in various areas in Forest Park’s Nature Reserve.   

  • All ages and birding levels are welcome
  • Free and open to the public
  • No special equipment needed
  • Please wear comfortable walking shoes and dress appropriately for the weather

Beginner Bird Walks

First Saturday of Every Month | 8:15-10:30 a.m. 

Bird walks will meet at the Dennis and Judith Jones Visitor and Education Center in Forest Park unless otherwise noted. Reservations are not required, but for further information please contact Amy Witt at birding@forestparkforever.org.

  • June 3
    • Please meet at the intersection of Lagoon & Fine Arts Drive
  • August 5
  • October 7
  • November 4
  • December 2

*There will be no Bird Walk in July or September 2017 due to holidays

  • January 7
  • February 4
  • March 4
  • April 1
    • Please meet at the intersection of Skinker Blvd and Southwood Ave (Forest Park side)
  • May 6
    • Please meet at the intersection of Skinker Blvd and Southwood Ave (Forest Park side)

Birding Basics

Quarterly, Thursday evenings | 5:00-6:30 p.m. 

Classes take place in the Learning Lab inside the Dennis and Judith Jones Visitor and Education Center in Forest Park, 5595 Grand Drive. Space is limited and RSVPs are required. Please send your RSVP to Jean Turney at jturney@forestparkforever.org.

  • February 2: Introduction to Bird Watching
    • Perhaps you are interested in beginning to bird watch, or perhaps you have come to birding through hobby instead of academics? The St. Louis Audubon Society is ready to draw you into the world of birding by providing you the background you need to push forward. Traveling through avian anatomy, birding equipment and ID tips, you will have the background with which to paint the more intricate details as you continue to bird. Light refreshments and snacks will be provided.
  • May 4: Missouri Sparrows with Brad Jacobs
    • Sparrows are regularly some of the most difficult birds for birders to distinguish between. Sparrow species are often reduced to LBB (little brown bird) or simply “some sparrow” status.  As Alfred North Whitehead said, “we think in generalities, but we live in detail.” Learn the right details to focus on the next time you see a sparrow to help you identify the species and create a larger appreciation for the intricacies found within birds and nature.
  • August 3: Bird Songs with Pat Lueders
    • Although you can’t use all five of your senses in birding, you can expand your skills to help you enjoy and identify the birds that surround you by learning how to recognize and identify bird vocalizations. Practice makes perfect and learning what types of things to listen for is step one. Join Pat as she goes through various Missouri bird songs and breaks them down with key identifying characteristics. Like having a sibling practicing Bach’s symphonies on a clarinet, eventually you’ll have those little tunes stuck in your head.
  • November 2: Playing Around with Birds
    • Come explore some interactive ways to learn about birds. Play some birding games. Explore some bird simulations and join in the discussion about how to best introduce birding to the younger generation. Jean Turney, Education Coordinator with Forest Park Forever, will share some tools used with kids but why should kids have all the fun?

Resources

One of the pleasures of Forest Park is the opportunity to observe the natural world and its wide variety of wildlife. The lakes and ponds of the Park are magnets for people, water birds, and many aquatic species. The John F. Kennedy Forest, located in the southwest corner of the Park, acts as a migratory resting area for a variety of songbirds and is home to wild turkeys. Forest Park Forever is committed to sustaining this important ecological balance.

  • "Counting Warblers: A Timetable for the Spring" — By Randy Korotev
    Go to this website for an article reprinted from Nature Notes, the WGNSS journal. It presents a high-resolution Timetable illustrating when 106 species of migrant birds, mostly passerines, pass through the St. Louis area in April and May. The Timetable is based on 20 years of data collected in the John F. Kennedy Memorial Forest, a migrant trap in Forest Park.
  • Forest Park’s Bird Checklist: Click here to download the PDF.
  • Educational Brochures: Educational brochures on land birds and water birds are available at the Dennis & Judith Jones Visitor and Education Center or by calling 314.367.7275.