World Eagle Day is here!

This coming Sunday, March 20th marks the “beginning of spring” with the Wild Bird Sanctuary’s “World Eagle Day!”

World Eagle Day

 That’s right, Spring, as we recover from about 5 inches of snow that fell  on Monday in the St. Louis area. It got up to 65 degrees today and is expected to be even warmer tomorrow…so I guess no matter the crazy weather  “spring” at least is officially around the corner.

World Eagle Day

The World Bird Sanctuary in Valley Park, MO is having a special event where you can meet eagles from around the world from 10am – 4pm. Their expert Naturalists will speak along with live eagle shows during the event at the Roast (amphitheatre.) They are also holding activities that include free fun for kids – crafts, a photo op with a live eagle and tours of their wildlife hospital. There will be food and items for sale….something for everyone!

So if you live in the St. Louis area….go out and visit the World Bird Sanctuary this Sunday on World Eagle Day.  The World Bird Sanctuary is located on the North Outer 40 Rd west of Hwy 141, on the same road to Elk Park which is a fun place to visit too.

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Wild Birds include Rapters and the World Bird Sanctuary

Since I’m a new blogger maybe some of my new readers have never heard of the World Bird Sanctuary in St. Louis, MO so let me introduce you.  The website is http://www.worldbirdsanctuary.org/ (imagine that).  The sanctuary sits on 305 wooded acres next door to the Lone Elk County Park in southern St. Louis County right off of MO Highway 141 and I-44.

Its Mission includes education, propagation, field studies and rehabilitation.  It houses live displays of Bald Eagles, Owls, Hawks, Falcons, Vultures, Parrots and reptiles but first of all, it’s a hospital.  It not only repairs injured birds but also rehabilitates and then hopefully releases it’s patients to live out their lives the way nature intended…over 300 a year.  There is also a special Parrot rehabilitation program from which it has rehabilitated and placed at least 900 parrots.

The sanctuary has had an active program to assist distressed raptors from Missouri and throughout the US since 1977.  The Propagation Department has successfully bred: Eagle Owls, European Barn Owls, Common Barn Owls, Spectacled Owls, Mottled Owls, Tawny Owls, Bald Eagles, King Vultures, Peregrine Falcons, and Red-Tailed Hawks to mention some.  In 1991 it hatched the first wild Peregrine Falcon chick in Missouri in over 100 years.  The Sanctuary has a history of releasing and reintroducing species such as the Andean Condor, Bald Ealges, Golden Eagles and Harris Hawks into the wild.

If this sounds like a school paper, maybe it is something that someone could use in a paper to introduce the World Bird Sanctuary to people in other parts of the United States.  Another and probably the number one reason I even decided to write on this topic today is to encourage anyone who reads this to vote for WBS as St. Louis’s Top Free Attraction.  That’s right, the World Bird Sancturary does all of this via donations only.  Anyone can visit during operating hours free of charge.  The World Bird Sanctuary is one of five nominees for About.com’s Reader’s Choice Awards in the category of Best Free Attraction or Event in St. Louis.  They sent me an email asking for my support so I thought I’d pass it on and try to get them even more votes.   St. Louis Reader’s Choice Award.   The deadline is March 8th.  That’s about it.  Thanks for Reading.

Kathy

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To Wild Bird Lovers, This Is The Beginning!

Hi, my name is Kathy Erins and this new blog is for wild bird lovers. If you’re like me you’re interested in new products, which products work the best for attracting which birds to your back yard and when they arrive and leave for your area. I live in the midwest so a lot of my information, at least the first hand stuff, will be from here but I’ll add items and information for all of the US and even some Canadian information. My husband & I have done a lot of canoeing on Canadian lakes. I love the sound of the Loons.

I am a true student of wild birds and so like a good student a lot of the information I use will come from research I do and a lot of times I’ll have links and other places you can go for more information on a given topic.

I also am the owner of a couple of webstores which do correspond to the information in this blog; forgive me in advance but I’m sure from time to time I’ll mention them. If you ever have a particular question about anything relating to wild birds I hope you’ll ask.  I’ll probably be just as interested in the answer as you and will be happy to do the research if necessary for you.

I hope you’re come along with me on this new journey with wild birds.
Kathy

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