BiodiverseCity St. Louis

About BiodiverseCity St. Louis

On May 15, 2013, community stakeholders with a shared interest in urban biodiversity participated in a summit held at the Missouri Botanical Garden. This Summit celebrated the existing efforts and projects already underway across the St. Louis region to promote and protect biodiversity, while also identifying critical gaps and needs in the areas of biodiversity understanding, awareness, and willingness/incentives to act.

Summit participants urged the development and implementation of a regional biodiversity initiative. It is in this spirit that BiodiverseCity St. Louis — a community initiative to promote, protect and plan for biodiversity throughout the Greater St. Louis Region — will shape its priorities and programs. Learn more.

Take the BiodiverseCity St. Louis Pledge!

BiodiverseCity St. Louis calls for everyone in our shared community — city governments, corporations, non-profit organizations, universities, schools, scientists, concerned citizens, homeowners, families and community leaders — to be inspired and take action. Take the pledge!
Species Spotlight

Trametes versicolor
Turkey tail bracket fungi (Trametes versicolor). Photo by David Lochlin.

Fine Looking Fungi

Beyond the obvious benefits to mind and body, a brisk late-winter hike through a nearby forested area is also chance to enjoy fungi in all their multi-form glory. You may come upon the unmistakable Trametes versicolor (aptly called turkey tail bracket fungi) or Pleurotus ostreatus, with its impressive shelf-like clusters and white gills proudly taking over downed logs along your path.

Ecologically, the Fungi kingdom (along with certain bacteria) plays the lead role of Earth’s decomposers and recyclers of nutrients. Economically, they feed us (bleu cheese, anyone?) and heal us (thank you, Penicillium). They also aid in plant root function, as mycorrizhae. 

To do: If you’re not a fungi fanatic already, consider it. Beyond impressing friends and family with casual mentions of the Fistulina hepatica that you found on your morning hike, you could add to your food gardening repertoire with a shiitake log farm. And for the nature photographers out there, fungi are perfectly well-behaved, willing, and often stunningly beautiful subjects.

A Community Initiative to Promote, Protect and Plan for Biodiversity Throughout the Greater St. Louis Region

BiodiverseCity     St. Louis recognizes our region's reliance on biodiversity, the variety of life, and natural systems. We depend on biodiversity, not only for the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the food we eat, but also for the basic health, livability and economic prosperity of our region.

Upcoming Events

March 14
Birding Field Trip at Horseshoe Lake State Park

March 14
It’s Purple Martin Time!

March 28
Garden Reuse: Insect Hotels

March 29
World Eagle Day at World Bird Sanctuary

April 1
Presentation: "The Pollinator Palette"
Kirkwood Public Library, 7 p.m. Free.
Questions? Email

April 25
Earth Day Festival Chesterfield

April 28 – SAVE THE DATE
Wild Ideas Worth Sharing: Global Voices