Spring Ephemerals and Wildflowers: Now Showing on a Greenway Near You!

If you want to enjoy spring’s loveliest—and most fleeting—display of colorful wildflowers, it’s time to plan a trip to a greenway near you! April and May are peak showtime for a variety of colorful perennials emerging from their winter slumber.

Thanks to the longer days and warming temperatures, little splashes of color will soon appear on the forest floor and along the banks of creeks and streams. Known as “spring ephemerals,” these wildflowers bloom early, linger briefly, and disappear before the trees are leafed out. This dazzling show of spring color is only a limited engagement, so take time to see the flowers before they are gone. No ticket is required to visit a greenway, and you’re guaranteed a front row seat whether you are on foot or bike!

Here are a few of the native wildflowers you can see along the greenways this spring:

Bluebells (Mertensia virginica)

One of the most stunning early spring wildflowers! Buds are pink, turning to light blue blooms. Plants grow up to two feet tall and are often found in large groups.

Dutchman’s Breeches (Dicentra cucullaria)

Pink, sometimes white spring wildflower that resembles a series of miniature white knee breeches hanging on a clothes line. (Note: these can be irritating to your skin. Do not touch!)

Spring Beauty (Claytonia virginica)

These are the most widely distributed early spring flower in Missouri. White or pink with distinct pink veining on the petals.

Blue-eyed Mary (Collinsia verna)

The flowers of blue-eyed Mary are 2-lipped: the upper lip is 2-lobed and white; the lower lip is 3-lobed and sky blue (rarely purple or white). This is one of the few Missouri wildflowers that is truly “blue.”

Wake Robin or Trillium (Trillium sessile)

The flower of wake robin, or trillium, has 3 petals and 3 sepals, and 3 leaves that subtend the solitary flower. The petal color varies in this common woodland spring wildflower, but it is most commonly brownish or maroon.

Jacob’s Ladder (Polemonium reptans)

As pretty as this wildflower is, the common name “Jacob’s Ladder” comes from its leaves, which made people think of the story from Genesis in which Jacob dreams of a ladder reaching up to heaven.

Best Greenways for Viewing Wildflowers

Some of the greenways provide better habitat than others for spring ephemerals and wildflowers. Those that meander through forests, across bottom land, or other conservation areas are your best bet for a colorful show. Take your pick of the following (or plan to visit them all this spring!):

Busch Greenway: Katy Trail to Missouri Research Park to August A. Busch Conservation Area
Where to look: There are two prime viewing spots along this greenway; the forest bottom between Missouri Research Park and the Katy Trail as well as the portion of the greenway that meanders through the Weldon Spring Conservation Area.

Deer Creek Greenway: Deer Creek Park
Where to look: We have been working with a variety of partners to clear out invasive honeysuckle along Deer Creek. Look for wildflowers along the banks and edge of Deer Creek. You can also see some Missouri native plants in Lorraine Davis Park.

Meramec Greenway: Glencoe to Sherman Beach Park
Where to look: The bottomland forest along Rock Hollow Trail is known for its showy display of bluebells. You can find all of the wildflowers listed above along this greenway.

Meramec Greenway: Lower Meramec Park
Where to look: This greenway meanders through forested areas and open fields and is considered one of the best remaining woodlands in the lower Meramec valley. You should be able to see a variety of wildflowers in this area.

Missouri Greenway: Earth City Levee
Where to look: The best place for wildflowers along this greenway is in the section that loops through Bridgeton’s Riverwoods Park.

Please Don’t Pick the Wildflowers!

Because these flowers are so beautiful, it can be tempting to want to pick them or dig them up for transplanting. Not only is this unsightly, it also removes an important food source for pollinators and other animals. Because the plant’s life cycle is so short, animals that might eat the foliage have only a brief opportunity to consume them.  Enjoy the flowers, snap a picture, and leave them where they are! If you would like to add beautiful native flowers to your garden, you can find ethical plant nurseries and other resources here.

Wildflower photos and plant information are all courtesy of the  Missouri Department of Conservation. To learn more about what plants and animals to look for during every season, visit their website here.

Old Chain of Rocks Bridge Closed for Repairs March 18-May 4, 2019

The Old Chain of Rocks Bridge will be temporarily closed to all visitors March 18-May 4, 2019 so we can make repairs to the substructure of the bridge’s concrete deck. This work is necessary to increase the service life of this historic structure. As an alternate route, you can use the bicycle and pedestrian path on the McKinley Bridge to travel across the Mississippi River.

We appreciate everyone’s patience as we maintain your investment in the greenways! Please keep in mind that all work is weather dependent. Check back here or follow our Facebook page for updates.

The Maline Greenway Needs Your Support!

Great Rivers Greenway is working with the City of Ferguson to apply for a Federal Transportation Grant from the East-West Gateway Council of Governments to construct a new portion of the Maline Greenway from the Ted Jones Trail to West Florissant Avenue.

The goal is to connect into the planned improvements for West Florissant Avenue that the City of Ferguson and St. Louis County are working on.

The first section of the Maline Greenway is currently under construction in Bella Fontaine County Park where three bridges are being replaced, enhancing the trails in the park.  Also, a new underpass is being built so that greenway users can safely cross beneath Highway 367, promoting a greater greenway experience.  Construction is going well and the project is on track to be completed by next spring.

The proposed 1.6 mile section of Maline Greenway would connect the Ted Jones Trail which begins at the University of Missouri St. Louis’ campus and ends near the intersection of St. Louis Avenue and Short Avenue.  From there, the greenway would travel along Paul Avenue and Ferguson Avenue to Forestwood Park, then continue on through the Park, re-constructing a segment of the existing loop trail within the park and finally continuing on to West Florissant Avenue.

This new section would connect residential and commercial areas as well as bus transit service along West Florissant Avenue, a principal arterial roadway to Forestwood Park, an important recreational destination.  The new trail also provides improved pedestrian and bicycle access between the businesses along Florissant Road and West Florissant Avenue, both important town centers and shopping and dining destinations.

The Federal Transportation Grant, if successful, will allow us to construct the new section of greenway, as well as to robustly engage with the community along the way.  We are hoping for your support as we pursue this grant. If successful, the project would begin construction in 2022.

East-West Gateway is currently accepting public comments regarding this project through April 4.

They welcome your comments as they select proposals for funding, so your feedback and support for this project will be very helpful and much appreciated!

Complete the form below to provide your feedback to East-West Gateway about this project!

Comment on TIP 8005-23 MALINE GREENWAY

Comments may also be mailed to:

Local Program Application Comments
East-West Gateway Council of Governments
1 S. Memorial Drive, Suite 1600
St. Louis, MO 63102

Mailed comments must be postmarked by April 4, 2019.

Deer Creek Greenway Update

Great Rivers Greenway is dedicated to our mission to make the St. Louis region a more vibrant place to live, work and play by developing a regional network of greenways. We collaborate with partners all around the region to fulfill the community’s vision for this network and we take our job of stewarding the taxpayers’ investment very seriously.

As you may know, we have been working with municipal partners on a project to connect Deer Creek Greenway from Deer Creek Park and shopping center through the cities of Maplewood and St. Louis to connect to the River des Peres Greenway. This project originated in 2004 and has had various alignments studied to determine feasibility over the past 14 years. In 2015, with supporting letters from the Cities of Maplewood and St. Louis and St. Louis County, Great Rivers Greenway successfully secured a $1.6 million federal grant for the northern route option.

When an alternate alignment (along the creek) showed signs of being feasible again in August 2017, Great Rivers Greenway met with the Maplewood City Council to discuss options. The community engagement process continued with a Maplewood public meeting in October, an online survey, an outreach event at the Schlafly Farmer’s Market in Maplewood in December, a community workshop at Maplewood City Hall in December and a neighborhood meeting in January in the City of St. Louis, the other municipal partner on this project. The community’s preference was for the northern alignment and we shared the full results of the engagement efforts with all project partners.

Maplewood City Council discussed the alignment options during several Council meetings and work sessions and had difficulty reaching consensus, reporting a stalemate after the February 13, 2018 Council meeting. The City of Maplewood later communicated preference for the northern route and provided a list of topics and concerns to explore, many of which were outside the scope and timeline of the original greenway project as described in the federal grant.

With these new topics for discussion, we determined the project was not ready to move forward as originally planned, so we declined the $1.6 million from East West Gateway Council of Governments to release this project from those deadlines.

While we declined the grant, we offered the City of Maplewood the opportunity to move forward in the future on a collaborative planning process to develop a new scope for the project along the greenway segment in Maplewood.  The City of Maplewood agreed to move forward and collaborate with us and the City of St. Louis on a feasibility study of the previously established northern route option. Together, we are exploring what’s feasible, what funding mechanisms are available, what is within the scope of a greenway project and what is a municipal issue for the City of Maplewood to address. It’s important to note that while we declined the original grant, this does not eliminate the possibility of applying for future grants for this project.

Project partners, engineers, consultants and the community engagement team are meeting monthly to advance the study.  The engineers and other consultants are wrapping up their safety evaluation of three intersections and developing design solutions that consider the needs of all users–people walking, riding bikes or driving a car. Project partners hosted an Open House and Community Meeting on Wednesday November 14, 2018 at the Maplewood Fire house to share the potential intersection options.

From that 11.14.18 meeting:

At the November 2018 Open House, the community was asked to share feedback about each of the potential intersection options along the proposed greenway extension. Project partners captured this input and prepared a presentation (link below) detailing the community’s preferred option for each intersection along with cost estimates for each option.   On Thursday January 24, 2019, project partners hosted an Open House and Community Meeting at the Maplewood Fire House to share the community feedback.

From the 1.24.2019 meeting:

The community’s feedback about each of the intersection options will be utilized as we take the next steps in the development of this portion of the greenway. Planning and study efforts will include further analysis of the overall project including assessment of utilities, property ownership and environmental conditions. As always, we will keep you informed as this project evolves and we appreciate your continued input! Questions welcome anytime. Hope to see you out on the greenways or at a program or event soon.

Area Residents Invited to Chouteau Greenway Community Update Event on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019

Open house-style program will take place at Local 36 Sheet Metal Workers Union Hall from 4-8 p.m., featuring presentations, an expo with St. Louis area organizations and an invitation for feedback

You are invited to learn the latest details about the Chouteau Greenway Project at a Community Update event on Tuesday, Feb. 5. The open house-style event will be held at the Local 36 Sheet Metal Workers Union Hall, located at 2319 Chouteau Ave, St. Louis, MO 63103. Area residents are encouraged to stop by anytime between 4 and 8 p.m. to learn more about the Chouteau Greenway planning process, project area and the community members who make up the Steering Committee, Working Groups and Artists of Color Council. You can also provide feedback on some of the plans and ideas shared to date.

Duplicate, 20-minute presentations will be held at 4:30, 5:30, 6:30 and 7:30 p.m., and representatives from Great Rivers Greenway will be available between all presentations to answer questions. There will also be display boards with information about the project’s timeline and planning process as led by Great Rivers Greenway and the Stoss Team, which was selected through the project’s design competition.  Attendees can learn more about the proposed project area at an on-site expo, featuring organizations from across the city, such as Venture Café St. Louis, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, Saint Louis Zoo, Grand Center Inc, Paraquad, Kingsway Development and many more. These partners will be sharing and gathering information at their booths.

Click here to download an event flyer to share with friends and neighbors

Those in attendance will be able to contribute to an interactive mapping activity to mark the places where they live, work, learn, play and gather within the project area. An online, interactive version of the map will also be available following the open house at ChouteauGreenway.org. This community feedback will not only help project planners “connect the dots” in shaping their planning efforts but will also help everyone get to know the project footprint and their neighbors’ stories and experiences.

“Building on the last year of engagement, we want to hear from the experts of this project area – the people who live, work and play there – to make sure we’re capturing everything,” said Shaughnessy H. Daniels, Community Engagement Manager for Great Rivers Greenway. “This event and online map are also the first of many opportunities for people who may be less familiar with the project area to explore it as it is now, so everyone can start to envision the possibilities together.”

Since the final phase of the International Design Competition for the Chouteau Greenway concluded in November 2018, the agency has been recruiting community members for the Working Groups and Steering Committees, ensuring representation from the 19 city neighborhoods that lie within the project area. The next step will be to create an overall framework plan, covering the four topics of alignments, look and feel of the greenway, economic growth and equity, before beginning design and engineering on specific segments. When the framework is complete in Summer 2019, pieces of geography will be studied in projects called “labs” to test the framework and further design specific greenway segments.

People who are unable to attend are encouraged to view the presentation and share feedback online at www.ChouteauGreenway.org.

Centennial Greenway in Olivette

Great Rivers Greenway is working with the City of Olivette to extend the Centennial Greenway from its current endpoint at Olive Blvd. (just east of I-170) to Olivette. Thanks to the feedback received from area residents and other stakeholders so far, we have identified four possible routes for the new connection. YOUR feedback is important as we identify the preferred route for the greenway.

Please take our brief online survey (3-4 minutes) and let us know what you think. 

Survey closes Jan. 12.

Thank you in advance for your input!
NOTE: If you are on a phone, we recommend rotating it on its side to be horizontal to take this survey

You can also view the presentation materials from our December 12, 2018 community open house here:

Construction on long-awaited connection between Gravois Greenway: Grant’s Trail and the River des Peres Greenway Underway

Residents and greenway users can expect temporary greenway closure and lane changes on Germania between Alabama and Highway I-55

Construction on one of our region’s most eagerly anticipated greenway connections is finally underway! On Monday December 10, construction crews started work on the first phase of the project that will connect the Gravois Greenway: Grant’s Trail to the River des Peres Greenway. When complete, it will link together three greenways and create 21 continuous miles for walking, riding bikes, pushing a stroller and using a wheelchair.

Crews will begin working on bridge abutments and approaches for a new 303 foot pedestrian bridge that will span the River des Peres. The abutments must be built higher and the approaches longer to not only keep the bridge out of the flood plain, but also ensure the greenway is ADA accessible. To accommodate construction, the River des Peres greenway is closed between Alabama and Highway I-55. Germania Blvd will be temporarily reduced to two lanes in the same area so crews can build a higher concrete barrier wall between the road and greenway. Greenway users will need to find an alternate route while construction is underway. This closure is expected to last about six months.

“We want to make sure people who use the greenway and drive on Germania Blvd are aware of the temporary greenway closure and lane changes,” says Lonny Boring, Great Rivers Greenway Senior Project Manager. “There are a lot of utilities in this area and extreme care must be taken to build the new bridge over the River des Peres. We are working closely with our partners and construction team to minimize inconvenience for people who walk, ride bikes or drive in this area.”

The expanded Gravois Greenway will extend 1.5 miles from its current endpoint at Hoffmeister Avenue where it will connect with the River des Peres Greenway near Primm Street and Germania. In addition to the bridge over the River des Peres, plans call for a 600 foot pedestrian bridge to take greenway users over Bayless and an underpass beneath the Weber Road on-ramp to northbound Highway I-55. Both of the new steel bridges are being manufactured by Wheeler of Minneapolis, Minnesota. They will be trucked to St. Louis in segments and assembled on site.

“It has taken a lot of planning, partnership and creativity to connect these two greenways,” says Boring. “We’ve had to design a route that not only lies within a narrow corridor of land, but also parallels a major interstate highway. Other challenges include an active rail line, high-volume roadways, above-and-below-ground utilities and a river crossing. We are grateful for all the partners who helped us work around these challenges so we can deliver the greenway connection the region has been asking for.”

The entire project is slated for completion in the spring of 2020.

Do you want updates and alerts about the Gravois Greenway project? Sign up for greenway-specific alerts here.


Chouteau Greenway Press Kit 11.19.18

For full press release, maps and renderings in one PDF, click here.

Final Competition Report:


St. Louis, MO – Nov. 19, 2018 – Great Rivers Greenway and partners have completed the final phase of the International Design Competition for Chouteau Greenway, a 1-year public-private partnership to imagine a greenway focused on connectivity, economic opportunity, equity and sustainability in the City of St. Louis. A report published today details additions and refinements to the original conceptual plan submitted by the Stoss Landscape Urbanism team in April. The next phase of planning includes multiple engagement opportunities including recruiting additional neighborhood representation, input on the engagement plan itself and a community event in February.

The report shares a new mission/vision statement, “Chouteau Greenway will transform St. Louis by connecting people and our City’s most treasured places, creating inspiring experiences and equitable opportunities for growth”. More than just a free, accessible trail where people can exercise, commute or explore, the project’s goals include offering an exceptional experience to residents and tourists alike. The greenway aims to create dynamic, active spaces and serve as a regional gathering place that encourages collaboration and boosts civic pride.

Since being selected by the competition jury in May, the Stoss team, comprised of 13 firms or individuals from St. Louis as well as other cities, has been working with Great Rivers Greenway, partners and stakeholders to incorporate the feedback gathered during the competition into their concept. The next step is to create an overall framework plan, before beginning design and engineering on specific segments.

“This project is full of exciting opportunities and interesting challenges that will be a catalyst for new ideas; our team is looking forward to working with St. Louisans to find innovative solutions,” said Chris Reed, FASLA and Founding Director at Stoss Landscape Urbanism. “In our first six months, we will focus on studying routes, designing the look and feel of the greenway and proposing economic and equity plans for the project.”

When the framework is complete in Summer 2019, particular pieces of geography will be studied in projects called “labs” to test the framework and further design specific greenway segments. The map below show the routes to be studied throughout the area that stretches from Forest Park to Gateway Arch National Park and Tower Grove to Fairground Parks through 19 city neighborhoods.











In addition to Great Rivers Greenway and the Stoss team, the project will be led by a Steering Committee and Working Groups made up of residents, technical experts, City representatives and community leaders. In addition to the Community Advisory Committee formed last fall, Great Rivers Greenway now seeks six additional residents to ensure that each neighborhood in the areas to be studied is represented. Residents of Carr Square, Covenant Blu-Grand Center, Greater Ville, Jeff VanderLou, St. Louis Place and Tiffany neighborhoods are invited to sign up. Additionally, an Artists of Color Council was formed in July through an open call, hired to advise the local art and engagement components of the project.

“Chouteau Greenway is all about bringing people together to think differently about St. Louis,” said Susan Trautman, CEO of Great Rivers Greenway. “This process will have many voices working together to ultimately connect our city, creating opportunities for economic growth in an equitable way.”

The Stoss team will be collaborating with local consultant Vector Communications for Great Rivers Greenway’s civic engagement on the project. Anyone who lives, works, plays, learns or visits the area of the future Chouteau Greenway is invited to engage with the project in multiple ways including subscribing for email or text updates and attending a series of community events, the first of which is set for Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019.

“We will continue to connect with residents, businesses, students, community groups, property owners and other stakeholders,” said Shaughnessy H. Daniels, Community Engagement Manager for Great Rivers Greenway. “Please help us fill in our plan by sharing the groups, organizations or people we should know about – call us, stop by our office or find the form online.”

Details and sign-ups for all of those efforts, plus the end of the competition report, are available at www.ChouteauGreenway.org or by calling 314-436-7009.

About the Chouteau Greenway Design Competition:

The Chouteau Greenway Design Competition is a major public-private partnership to bring a long-time vision to life. The 1-year process is a transformational project to connect Washington University and Forest Park through our city to downtown and the Gateway Arch, with spurs north and south to connect our city’s vibrant neighborhoods, parks, business and arts districts, employment centers, transit and dozens of cultural and educational institutions. The Chouteau Greenway is part of the overall network of greenways being built by Great Rivers Greenway and partners. The competition is privately funded by Arch to Park, Forest Park Forever, Grand Center Inc., Great Rivers Greenway Foundation, Green Street St. Louis, Lawrence Group, Saint Louis University, Washington University in St. Louis and Washington University Medical Center Redevelopment Corporation, with the City of St. Louis as a major partner. For more information, visit www.ChouteauGreenway.org.







About Great Rivers Greenway:

Great Rivers Greenway is the public agency connecting the St. Louis region with greenways, with 123 miles built so far. St. Louisans decided to leave a legacy for future generations by investing in and connecting together some of our region’s best assets – rivers, parks and communities. A vote of the people in the year 2000 created a sales tax that allows us, with lots of partner and citizen input, to build, care for and bring to life the network of greenways, creating healthy habitats and watersheds along the way. Greenways help residents and visitors explore and enjoy the region and live life outside. For more information, visit www.GreatRiversGreenway.org.

About the Chouteau Greenway Artists of Color Council:

The Artists of Color Council is comprised of eight visual, literary and performing artists. Together, they have been hired to provide guidance on the Chouteau Greenway project. Pacia Anderson, Syrhea Conaway, Miles Dela Cruz, Tre’von Griffith, Chinyere E. Oteh, Sahara Sista S.O.L.S., Jerry Stewart and Diana Zeng were selected to provide guidance to Great Rivers Greenway and the Stoss team to design, promote and implement opportunities for local artists of color as part of the Chouteau Greenway, engaging the community along the way and ensuring that the art is representative and welcoming to the communities the Chouteau Greenway serves. Many thanks to the Whitaker Foundation for their support of the Artists of Color Council. More information at www.GreatRiversGreenway.org/AOCC.










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Birdwatching on the Greenways

Birdwatching is a hobby that combines fresh air, exercise, and beautiful scenery wrapped up in a treasure hunt. Not only that, birdwatching has no age limitations, requires minimal equipment and gives everyone the opportunity to be a citizen-scientist.  The only word of caution from experienced birdwatchers is that once you start, it can become addicting!

Greenways are great places for birdwatching. In fact, several have been recognized by the Audubon Society as “important bird areas.” We asked the St. Louis Audubon Society to recommend the best greenways for spotting a wide variety of birds along with some tips for beginners.

Best Greenways for Birdwatching

Fee Fee Greenway: Aquaport to Creve Coeur Park

The best place for spotting birds along this greenway is the area from McKelvey Woods to Creve Coeur Park. It meanders through what is known as an “edge habitat”—the space between a developed area and a natural habitat. The greenway’s location on a prairie flood plain near the Missouri River provides food and refuge for many migrating waders, waterfowl, and shorebirds.

Meramec Greenway near the Al Foster Trail

The section of the Meremec Greenway near the Al Foster trail lies within a bottomland forest and is considered an important bird area by the Audubon Society. It provides habitat for breeding forest birds, such as the Red-shouldered Hawk and Prothonotary Warbler. You can find all 107 species of birds that have been recorded in this birding “hotspot” on ebird.

River des Peres Greenway at Carondelet Park

Carondelet Park is on the eastern end of the River des Peres Greenway. This historic, 179-acre park provides stopover habitat for many migrating species in spring and fall. It also provides some breeding habitat for many birds excluded from the surrounding urban landscape (e.g., hawks and owls). The Audubon Society recently recorded 29 different species of birds on a single early-morning beginner bird walk in Carondelet Park!

Busch Greenway: Katy Trail to Missouri Research Park to August A. Busch Conservation Area

A good portion of the Busch Greenway passes through second-growth upland and bottomland forest, shrubland, and cropland areas managed by the Missouri Department of Conservation. All of this great breeding and stopover habitat means great birdwatching! If you want to see lots of birds, focus on the area between the Duckett Creek trail head and Katy Trail or the section that stretches between Weldon Spring and August A. Busch Conservation areas.

Birdwatching for Beginners: What do you need?

  • A pair of binoculars
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Weather-appropriate clothing
  • A field guide to birds. There are several options:
    • The Audubon Society has a list of recommended field guides here. You can also borrow one for free from your local library!
    • If you prefer to use an app on your phone, Cornell Lab of Ornithology has created the Merlin Bird Identification App. It prompts you to answer five questions about the bird you have seen and it offers suggestions about what kind of bird it is based on your location. Learn more about Merlin here.

The Audubon Society also has a free app for identifying birds. Learn more about the Audubon Society app here: https://www.audubon.org/app

Birdwatching Tips

  • Walk slowly
  • Use quiet voices; no shouting
  • Smaller groups are better
  • Observe; do not interact with the birds
  • Look low along the ground in “shrubby” areas and high up in the tree tops
  • Listen carefully (If you want to familiarize yourself with different bird songs, visit the Cornell Lab of Ornithology “All about Birds” field guide. You can enter the name of the bird and hear their song. Find it here: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/ )

Become a Citizen Scientist: Share the birds you have seen on the greenways!

eBird is the world’s largest biodiversity-related citizen science project, with more than 100 million bird sightings contributed each year by eBirders around the world. This collaborative effort is managed by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.  eBird lets you:

  • Keep track of your bird lists, photos, and sounds
  • Explore latest sightings from around the world
  • Join the world’s largest birding community
  • Contribute to science and conservation
  • Find the latest bird hots spots in your area
  • Track migration of birds through your area

Registration on eBird is free and it an excellent resource for beginning and expert birdwatchers alike. Click here to learn more about ebird.