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10/15/2011 06:59:14 AM by K.T.Riffic   Send Message to K.T.Riffic  9314  views, category: Pet green living, Petivities view all blogs


Pack up your dog and binoculars and let’s go bird watching in St. Louis. We will be checking out five locations around town that promise the best opportunities for catching more than a glimpse of some interesting birds.

The Mississippi Flyway

The first stop is the Mississippi Flyway, a central American bird watching mecca. In Missouri, the flyway can be found running along the Mississippi river on the east and extends west to the center of the state. Watching for birds here is sure to please. It is thought to be par of the route of more than half of all migratory birds.

In The City

Tower Grove Park is a popular attraction in town. It is visited over a million times each year by locals and tourists. Henry Shaw gave the city the park in 1868, and includes over 8,000 imported trees from around the world. The park is known as a bird watching destination. With the wide range of trees, green areas, and close water, it is no wonder why.

Forest Park is a bit larger than Tower Grove and has an even wider variety of habitats. However, bigger might not be better. This park can be a bit more daunting than the others, especially for the more casual bird watchers. Make sure to visit Tower Grove during the two yearly migration periods for the best experiences.

Conservation and Audubon

Columbia Bottom conservation center is located at the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri rivers, while the new Audubon center can be found at Riverlands in West Alton. Both spots are good for birdwatching throughout the year. Each location features an array of habitats and easy, visitor-friendly trails and walkways.

Further West

More than 14,000 acres is available for bird watching in the town of Weldon Spring and the adjoining August A. Busch Memorial conservation area. This large area is home to many different types of birds, which can be found at their best in the spring.

Horseshoe Lake State Park is the best place in the state for finding water birds since it is located on the water. It is a big state park, again with an array of natural habitats and a large amount of open water.

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About the author: Kayleigh has always loved animals and has spent time volunteering at the local dog shelter. The love of her life is her four year old Rottweiler, Lizzie. She enjoys writing for since it combines her love of animals with one of her favor... more >>

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