BiodiverseCity St. Louis
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Welcome!
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

Sheila Voss
Sheila Voss
This month’s Species Spotlight is a tribute to Sheila Voss in her contributions to BiodiverseCity St. Louis since its inception in 2014. We want to thank Sheila for her past leadership to enhance biodiversity across the Greater St. Louis region, including leading the City Nature Challenge, spearheading the BiomeSTL project, serving as a coleader for the OneSTL Biodiversity working group, and countless other initiatives.

Homo motivate-us

This widely distributed subgroup of our own human species is more often found collaborating than acting alone. Look for flashing smiles and eyes, in both surrounding populations and an individual (her)self. Ecological adaptations include excellent listening and problem-solving skills, and enthusiasm tempered with practical affinity for a common good. Appreciative curiosity will likely be apparent too. Physical attributes of this creature are diversely unlimited, but a sense of purpose and drive to encourage are geographically consistent traits. You’ve surely encountered an individual in this human subgroup. Even better, you can be one!

 

Great Reads

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Our Wild Calling: How Connecting with Animals Can Transform our Lives – and Save Theirs
by Richard Louv
(Algonquin Books, November 2019)

The exceptional storyteller and science writer whose first books defined children’s “Nature Deficit Disorder” and promoted the values of “Vitamin N” lures us into new appreciation for our relatives in the animal kingdom. Louv’s exploration of our species’ deep bonds with other animals opens the way for us to transform how we view, treat and inhabit our shared circles of life on Earth.

Prose that eloquently barks, trumpets, keens and howls conveys the potential of an Age of Connectedness. Louv relates antidotes to news-gloom and screen addiction. He grounds both scientific rigor and deep empathy in these reports from a world-wide Habitat of the Heart.

Richard Louv talks Our Wild Calling with Jean Ponzi on her Earthworms podcast, from KDHX St. Louis Independent Media.

 

Let's Map It!

great-missouri-birding-trailGreat Missouri Birding Trail

Here we are, enjoying winter in the heart of what so many avian species use as their migratory compass—the Central Flyway. Our region and its magnificent river systems are home to a diverse, colorful, and awe-inspiring array of birds. Whether you’re a novice or veteran birder, the Great Missouri Birding Trail is calling your name this month. While the whole state beckons, you won’t need to venture beyond the metro area to spy raptors fishing, woodpeckers drilling, owls calling, ducks diving, herons stalking, finches foraging, and vultures soaring. While you’re at it, take in some big, long, deep breaths of winter air to ready yourself for a new year, while soaking up the natural beauty of our local lakes, wetlands, river edges, bluffs, parks, and gardens. Grab a friend, and go bird already.

 

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

City Nature Challenge 2020

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Cities around the world will be competing to see who can make the most observations of nature, find the most species, and engage the most people in the 2020 City Nature Challenge (April 24–27). If you are interested in learning about how you can be involved in activating St. Louis citizens, sign up here.
 
Nearby Nature

Nearby Nature map

Spend more of your time exploring and stewarding St. Louis' great outdoors. Download our Nearby Nature Map featuring 50 places to love and more than 100 things to do!

Volunteer Opportunities

March and April dates
FrogWatch USA Volunteer Training
Register

  • March 13 (6:30-8:30 p.m.)
    Broemmelsiek Park
  • March 19 (1-3 p.m.)
    Shaw Nature Reserve: Carriage House
  • April 3 (5-8 p.m.)
    Forest Park: Visitor Center

March 21
Great Rivers Greenway Confluence Trash Bash

Year-round
Volunteer at Missouri Botanical Garden

Year-round
Ecological Management Volunteers at Shaw Nature Reserve

Grants & Research Opportunities