BiodiverseCity St. Louis

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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

Southeastern Blueberry Bee
Southeastern Blueberry Bee. © Royal Tyler. [CC BY-NC-SA]
Native bees should be paid overtime

Happy summer, friends! In the evenings, magical fireflies, frog calls, and sweet bird song invite us to wander a bit more, slow our pace, and seek out calm. Even our days have a different tempo to them, it seems. Summer just wants us to relax. Well, if you're a native bee, you didn't get her memo.

In the U.S., scientists estimate there are approximately 4,000 species of native bees hard at work wherever flowers bloom, from forests and farms to cities and wildlands. Ranging in size from the teeny tiny Perdita minima to relatively ginormous carpenter bees, these unappreciated heroes are responsible for the pollination of 80 percent of flowering plants, including everything from native wildflowers to important economic crops. If you're seeking inspiration for how to stay energized this summer, simply consider the southeastern blueberry bee (Habropoda laboriosa), capable to visiting as many as 50,000 blueberry flowers in her short life and pollinating enough of them to produce more than 6,000 ripe blueberries. Slacker.

To do: Participate in the St. Louis BeeBlitz on Saturday, June 17 in Forest Park! As a kick-off to National Pollinator Week, this outdoor citizen science experience will be led by our colleague Dr. Nicole Miller-Struttmann, Professor of Botany at Webster University. Participants will photo-survey every bee spotted for eventual upload into BeeSpotter, a web-based portal managed by the University of Illinois. This much-needed citizen data will help scientists learn more about bee trends, which will help inform and propel conservation actions, practices, and policies. Event is free and open to all ages, backgrounds, and abilities.

 

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

Wild Ideas Worth Sharing Speaker Series

July 25, 2017
Visualizing Biodiversity for a Better World
How science, art, and imagination create change

Featuring speakers Dr. Leighton Reid of Missouri Botanical Garden's Center for Conservation and Sustainable Development and Dr. David Haskell, Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies at University of the South.Learn more

Nearby Nature

Nearby Nature map

Spend more of 2017 exploring and stewarding St. Louis' great outdoors. Download our 2017 Nearby Nature Map featuring 50 places to love and 100 things to do!

 

Grant Opportunities