BiodiverseCity St. Louis

BiodiverseCity St. Louis is a growing network of organizations and individuals throughout the greater St. Louis region who share a stake in improving quality of life for all through actions that welcome nature into our urban, suburban and rural communities. Learn more about this effort, and join in.

Take Action Today…and Make It Count

Throughout St. Louis, every day, people are making big and small changes to their backyards, balconies, streetscapes, schoolyards, parking lots, and play areas. Some are doing this because they love nature and want to experience more of it in their daily lives. Others recognize that native plants in the right places help prevent flooding, clean and cool our air and improve human health and well-being. Still others embrace the positive impact that leafy streets, accessible parks, hiking/biking trails and other quality green spaces have on property values and the economic vibrancy of our region.

For all these reasons and more, the BiodiverseCitySTL Network invites each of the 2.9 million citizens of the greater St. Louis bi-state region to take action. In this spirit, we are excited to launch the Nature in Our Neighborhoods citizen action project. No matter who you are or where you live, all of us can do something to beautify, bio-diversify and better the communities in which we live, work, learn and play. To get started, check out our curated list of expert ideas and local resources from across our region, connect with others and share your stories.


Species Spotlight

Trumpeter swan
Trumpeter Swan.
Photo by Alan D. Wilson. [CC BY-SA 3.0]
Trumpeter Swan
(Cygnus buccinators)

These massive, beautiful birds demand our attention this month, before they head back north to their summer breeding grounds. The sheer number of trumpeter swans that show up each winter at the Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary earned this special place the distinction as a Globally Important Bird Area. This once endangered but now recovering species spends its winters in ice-free coastal and inland waters and wetlands.

Fun fact: With a wing span of seven feet, trumpeter swans are the largest waterfowl in North America. To just get airborne, C. buccinator requires a takeoff span of 100 yards or more.

To do: If you still haven’t figured out your Valentine’s Day plan, we recommend a trip to Riverlands, to take in the sights and sounds of these and other extraordinary birds living in Ellis Bay, Heron Pond, and throughout the sanctuary. (For extra romance points, you would casually weave into conversation how most trumpeter swans mate for life.)

To do after you’re done with the whole relaxing, peaceful Valentine’s Day thing at a wildlife sanctuary, and you want to get to work creating nature-rich spaces in your own neighborhood and community: Watch this incredibly well-done animated video from our super-smart colleagues at Natureparif, a regional agency for nature and biodiversity based in Paris (the country, not the city in Illinois), then share it with your family, friends, local teachers, and even your random neighbor with the really boring lawn.


Featured Partner Programs

Milkweeds for Monarchs logo   Bring Conservation Home logo   Operation Clean Stream logo   Show Me Rain Gardens logo
A Community Initiative to Promote, Protect and Plan for Biodiversity Throughout the Greater St. Louis Region

Honeysuckle Sweep

Join us for the
Honeysuckle Sweep for Healthy Habitat
March 4–19, 2017

This region-wide project gets communities involved in learning about and removing invasive bush honeysuckle. Learn more