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Supporting Biodiversity Where We Live, Work and Play

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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

Don’t overlook what’s underfoot – save the bugs and germs
By Andrew Beattie

One of the biggest problems for conservation today is that it ignores 95% of all known species on Earth. Could a company ignore that proportion of its clients or a government so many of its voters? So why does this problem exist in conservation? Some 90% of all of the Earth’s species are either invertebrates or micro-organisms, and the folly of ignoring the latter is encapsulated by Professor Tom Curtis writing in Nature Reviews Microbiology:

I make no apologies for putting micro-organisms on a pedestal above all other living things, for if the last blue whale choked to death on the last panda, it would be disastrous but not the end of the world. But if we accidentally poisoned the last two species of ammonia-oxidisers, that would be another matter. It could be happening now and we wouldn’t even know […]
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LaBarque Creek Conservation Area
Located about 30 miles from St. Louis in Jefferson County, LaBarque Creek Conservation Area boasts more than 1,200 protected acres worth exploring. An important part of the Henry Shaw Ozark Corridor, this area is part of a mosaic of public properties, including Glassberg Conservation Area, Young Conservation Area, and the still-in-development Robinson State Park. Sandstone glades, cliffs, acid seeps, forested fens and many kinds of woodland exist here, providing refuge for rare and habitat-specific plants, including some species of conservation concern. Several migratory bird species depend on this forest for breeding habitat. An indication of the watershed’s integrity, at least 52 species of fish live in the creek – a diversity almost three times greater than that of any of the 15 other tributaries of Meramec River below LaBarque Creek.

Take a hike!
A 3-mile rough-terrain hiking trail loop is located on the eastern portion of the LaBarque Creek Conservation Area, and is rated moderate to difficult, but will reward you with stunning views of bluffs, canyons, caves and rock formations.
Download a trail map 

Also check out Young Conservation Area, another local gem of a hiking spot, with over 6 miles of trails to take in spectacular waterfalls, cascading pools and a peaceful forest of oaks, hickories and maples.
Download a trail map

Upcoming Events

March 14
Birding Field Trip at Horseshoe Lake State Park

March 14
It’s Purple Martin Time!

March 28
Garden Reuse: Insect Hotels

March 29
World Eagle Day at World Bird Sanctuary

April 1
Presentation: "The Pollinator Palette"
Kirkwood Public Library, 7 p.m. Free.
Questions? Email

April 25
Earth Day Festival Chesterfield

April 28 – SAVE THE DATE
Wild Ideas Worth Sharing: Global Voices