Last winter, the Audubon Center at Riverlands launched our first ever “Bows for Birds” challenge that invites families to discover local parks and natural areas, all while learning new bird species in our region. We were overwhelmed with the success of this program. We had 1,320+ photo submissions and over 310 participants. In our second year, over the 2021 - 2022 season, we continued to grow with over 2,320 submissions!
Each winter, Bows for Birds participants will be invited to visit 12 different park and natural areas in the STL region and will be challenged to find a “Bow for Birds” station at each location. Each location will have a map that participants will use to find a tree with a large bow on it. Once the tree with a bow is found, there will be an informative clue leading participants to find a specific bird species at that park. Each location will have a designated bird with a painted wooden bird cut out! Wooden bird cutouts will be installed near the Bows for Birds tree in an accessible place. (We will also include high level information about the specific park where the clues are located with information about bird species you could see there year-round.)
Led by clues, once the bird is found, participants are instructed to post a photo with the identification of that bird with a yearly Bows for Birds hashtag as well as fill in their scavenger hunt sheets for submission to Audubon Center at Riverlands. Submitted worksheets will be entered with the participant’s name into a raffle to win prizes. Raffle prizes are donations from local partners and organizations. The winners of the Bows for Birds event are then announced during our virtual Great Backyard Bird Count training mid-February.
Check back here this winter to download the map and submission form for Bows for Birds 2023!