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“Hidden Gem for Nature and Bird Lovers!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of World Bird Sanctuary

World Bird Sanctuary
125 Bald Eagle Ridge Road, Valley Park, MO 63088
(636) 225-4390
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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St. Louis, MO
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“Hidden Gem for Nature and Bird Lovers!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2011

While this isn't one of the bigger stops on a typical St. Louis area tour, it's definitely one to consider on your next trip. The World Bird Sanctuary is home to dozens of birds of prey, both for educational purposes and for rehabilitation for return to the wild. There are also other birds on display such as parrots, pelicans, turkeys, pigeons, chickens, etc. we've visited the sanctuary several times with our kids (both under 3 years old). Many of the displays are accessible only by gravel path, so you would need a sturdy stoller for little ones (umbrella stollers won't cut it). If you go early, you'll nearly have the place to yourselves, which we like so that our toddlers can walk freely. Separate from the outdoor bird displays is the nature center building, where you can find snakes, lizards, bunnies, even an armadillo. The nature center is a nice break from the weather outside if it's too hot or too cold, and they sell a few snacks as well. Near the parking area, you'll find picnic tables where you can enjoy an outdoor lunch while watching the bird feeders. Overall a nice little hidden gem just outside of St. Louis and a must for any bird lover.

Visited July 2011
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“Good opportunity to see and learn about raptors (birds of prey)”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2011

This organization specializes in the rehabilitation of raptors of all species. They take in injured birds and get them well enough to release to the wild. Those they cannot get well enough to release become educational "specimens" used in programs at zoos and nature centers around the country. The staff from the Sanctuary travel with their birds and are the people who actually give the animal talks you hear at those places.

The visitor center was definitely open during our visit. It is best to call ahead and find out when the educational programs are scheduled--the staff is very knowledgeable and they have a lot of birds they use in their talks. The principal "exhibit" at the Sanctuary is the walk along the cages where the visitor can learn about a broad variety of raptors. It is a totally self-guided exhibit. You can also peak into the hospital where surgery is performed on some of the injured avian patients.

Visited June 2011
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“This is a really neat place to visit but they need some staff (or training)”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2011

We found the World Bird Sanctuary online when planning a trip to St Louis. We decided to check it out on our way out of town. The facility is really nice and appears to be undergoing some renovations or additions. What is labeled nature center on the map is closed while they do some construction. However, the birds were still on exhibit along the path. When we arrived we followed a sign that said visitors center but it didn't lead to any sort of "center" as best we could tell. The one building it seemed to point to (and what is labeled such on the map) was locked.

We followed the trail to see the outdoor exhibits and really enjoyed seeing the many species of birds including the signs describing where the birds came from and what brought them to the sanctuary.

We saw 3 or 4 employees during our visit, none of which spoke to or acknowledged us. I even smiled and waved at one who turned and walked away. I would still recommend this as a destination (they obviously work hard to take care of the birds) but they could definitely use some work on their people skills.

Visited April 2011
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