Bows for Birds

Birds. Scavenger Hunt. Prizes

Bows for Birds

Birds. Scavenger Hunt. Prizes

Join the Audubon Center at Riverlands for this year's Bows for Birds Challenge, a St. Louis region-wide bird-themed scavenger hunt! Follow the instructions below to earn a chance to win cool prizes, increase your bird knowledge, and embrace the great outdoors this winter.

How to Participate:

1. Between December 12th & February 6th, visit 12 participating St. Louis region parks and natural areas. Follow the directions on the maps below to discover a Bows for Birds station at each location.

2. Follow the clues at the Bows for Birds station to find a wooden mystery bird nearby.

3. Take a selfie with the mystery bird you find! Share it on Facebook or Instagram by tagging #BowsforBirds or e-mail it to bows4birds@gmail.com by February 6th. Remember, your post must be set to "public" in order for us to see your hashtag.

4. For each photo submission, you will be entered into a raffle for prizes! Correctly identify the mystery bird at the station & earn an additional entry into the raffle!

Raffle Prizes include:

Raffle winners will be announced during our virtual Great Backyard Bird Count training on Facebook Live from 4:00-5:00pm on Wednesday, February 10th. Winners will also be contacted throug their social media accounts or email addresses by which their photo submissions are submitted. 

Grand Prize: (Visit 7 or more sites to be entered into the grand prize drawing)

  • Vortex basket including viper hd 10x42 binocular ($650 Value)

Additional Prizes:

  • 2 tix to big Muddy Adventures 2021 Riverfront Adventure trip,
  • 2 Homeplate tix for the St. Louis Cardinals 2021 season
  • Wild Birds Unlimited Advanced Pole System Basic Setup
  • Missouri Botanical Garden Membership
  • Audubon Center at Riverlands bird lover's Kit
  • Two riverfront cruise vouchers for 2021 
  • $40 gift certificate to Forest Park Boathouse Paddle Co.
  • 2 Arch tram tickets for 2021
  • Gift certificates to the Bike Stop Cafe
  • Parks swag
  • & More!

We are incredibly grateful to the many organizations and donors who have provided prize donations! 

Special Thanks: 

We would like to extend a special thanks to Jim and Sherry Droste, who provided technical guidance and donated their time and incredible craftmanship to this project. Thank you!

Find clues & maps below:

(Downloadable PDF at the bottom of this page.)

Overhead Map & List of Bows for Birds Locations. A link with a PDF can be found near the bottom of this page.
Maps 1-4
Maps 5-8
Map overview of four Bows for Birds locations including Carondolet Park, Jeske Sculpture Park, Spanish Lake Park and Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center.

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