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

Red fox
Red fox (Vulpes vulpes).
For the Love of Foxes

If you’re a red fox (Vulpes vulpes), Valentine’s Day is perfectly timed. Usually, V. vulpes are loners: skilled, solitary hunters preying on rodents, rabbits, birds, and other small game, and depending on their home habitat, fruits, vegetables, garbage, and pet food. But in winter, V. vulpes meet to mate, often trolling the edges of woods, ready and willing to be seen, smelled, and heard by the opposite sex.

Common and found all over the world in diverse habitats, these cunning little omnivores thrive in urban, suburban, and rural communities throughout the St. Louis region and elsewhere, helping keep local rodent populations in check.

To do: On your weekday commute or weekend outings, keep your eyes peeled for V. vulpes in parks and woodland edges. If you’re lucky enough to spot one, wish him/her Happy Valentine’s Day from BiodiverseCity St. Louis!

To do, if you’re still pondering that question from that Norwegian pop song “The Fox” from a few years back: Listen for yourself.

Fun fact: Red foxes have excellent hearing. They can even hear rodents digging underground.

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 3–15, 2016

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