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

Photo by Danny Brown.
Bobcats Among Us
Lynx rufus, the most common wildcat in North America, calls the local Shaw Nature Reserve home, among many other areas in the region. One of the smaller animals in the Felidae family, this secretive cat primarily hunts rabbits and hares, but is also known to prey on rodents, birds, bats, and even adult deer.

The Reserve, with its 2,400+ acres of diverse, protected habitats of native woodlands, prairies, and glades, enables L. rufus to survive and thrive, keeping prey populations in check. Bobcats are excellent hunters, stalking prey with both stealth and patience, capturing their meals in one impressive leap. This month, bobcat kittens are just starting to learn to hunt, pouncing on any small things that move.

Bobcat populations are currently considered stable, after having rebounded from a mid-1900s decline due to fur trapping. Today, although protected by international laws, bobcats are still persecuted as sheep predators and frequently killed by farmers throughout much of their range in the U.S. Ever-expanding human population and development also limit their range.

To do: Consider this beautiful animal a fellow St. Louisan, one that needs open space with plenty of suitable habitat and prey. Then ask yourself, your family, friends, and colleagues: Do we have the regional will to keep sprawl in check?

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

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