Community Resources

Supporting Biodiversity Where We Live, Work and Play

Click on an area below to connect with local biodiversity resources. Innovate, collaborate and create healthy biodiverse places and spaces where people and nature thrive.
A Community Initiative to Promote, Protect and Plan for Biodiversity Throughout the Greater St. Louis Region

BiodiverseCity     St. Louis recognizes our region's reliance on biodiversity, the variety of life, and natural systems. We depend on biodiversity, not only for the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the food we eat, but also for the basic health, livability and economic prosperity of our region. 

Great Read

Fearless birds and shrinking salmon: Is urbanization pushing Earth's evolution to a tipping point (2015)
by Peter Kelley

This intriguing article is based on a recent study out of the University of Washington, documenting examples of evolutionary changes in species driven by humans and the cities we build, happening much more quickly than previously thought. Spiders in cities are getting bigger and salmon in rivers are getting smaller; birds in urban areas are growing tamer and bolder, out-competing their rural cousins. Impacts on ecosystem function are manifesting now, not in the distant future.
Let's Map It!

The United States of Lawn
Our homes, golf courses, and parks may grow more acres of turf grass than U.S. farmers devote to the eight largest irrigated crops—combined. Researchers estimate there are 40 million acres of turf grass in the U.S., covering 1.9 percent of the land. If all that lawn is kept well watered, it could use 60 million acre-feet of water a year (An acre-foot is the amount of water needed to cover an acre to a depth of one foot). Turf grass may very well be the U.S.'s largest irrigated "crop."

Map: Top Crops in Each State
In most U.S. states, there could be more lawn than any single irrigated crop. In this map, click on any state to learn its top five irrigated crops.