World Bird Sanctuary

St Louis is home to the World Bird Sanctuary, one of North America’s largest facilities for the conservation of birds. World Bird Sanctuary is on the leading edge of public awareness regarding the plight of bird species worldwide.The World Bird Sanctuary’s mission it to preserve the earth’s biological diversity and to secure the future of threatened bird species in their natural environments. We work to fulfill our mission through education, propagation, field studies and rehabilitation.

Founded by Walter Crawford

Walter spent his boyhood years in Venezuela, where his father worked as a field engineer for a petroleum company. The exotic birds in the jungles of South America caught the attention of the young boy and his interest in them eventually led Crawford to his life’s work – the propagation, rescue, rehabilitation, and preservation of birds, especially birds of prey. Crawford, a Vietnam veteran, received a bachelor’s degree from Southeast Missouri State University and a master’s degree from Mississippi State University. With the blessing and support of the Zoo’s Director Emeritus, Marlin Perkins, in 1977 Crawford founded what eventually came to be known as the World Bird Sanctuary. In 1982 he left the zoo to work full-time at the sanctuary. The work being done by Crawford and the rest of the World Bird Sanctuary staff has been enhanced by the opening of the World Bird Sanctuary’s 105 acre nature park in 2000. Under Crawford’s direction the World Bird Sanctuary is headquarters for an exciting combination of rescue, rehabilitation, research and education.

I have supported the WBS with donations as well as volunteer hours. And yes, the owls are my favorite!