MDC welcomes all to birding with Diversity in Birding Week events April 30-May 7

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St. LOUIS, Mo.-- Birding is a way to get outdoors, enjoy nature, and learn about the amazing natural world around us. It’s something anybody of any age, gender, income level, or background can enjoy. Birds can be appreciated no matter where you live . . . the city, suburbs, or the country.

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is holding a week-long series of bird watching events to welcome anybody who has an interest to this popular and accessible activity.

Diversity in Birding Week runs from April 30-May 7. The first week of May is typically the peak migration week for birds making their way back from Central and South America to their North American summer homes. There will be a large diversity of events during the week suitable for people of every experience level, all physical abilities, orientations, and from all walks of life. Events include both in-person and virtual programs.

Activities range from birding walks and tours to invasive honeysuckle removal, learning about citizen science efforts like eBird, bird banding and backyard bird feeding, and even a bioblitz. There will also be chances to see live raptors from the World Bird Sanctuary.

All activities are free but require online preregistration. For a listing of all events in the St. Louis area, along with registration links, go to   Other Diversity in Birding Week programs, including some in other parts of Missouri, include:

May 2:

May 4:

  • STL County Library: eBird VIRTUAL, 7 p.m.: org/content/virtual-program-exploring-ebird-app-birdwatching

May 6:

  • Knob Noster State Park Bird Survey, 7:30 to 9:30 a.m.: Contact for more information.

May 7:

  • Missouri River Bird Observatory’s Birds and Bee’s Festival in Arrow Rock, Mo.: 

Birding is fun and welcoming for people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds. Why not celebrate the diversity in humans while discovering the diversity of birds? Diversity in Birding Week will help you learn more about our amazing birding world and how you can become involved in worldwide conservation efforts.