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Dave Janas
· November 3, 2017
The World Bird Sanctuary is an amazing place, just because the new director turned out to be a creep should not diminish the constant hard work of the staff now or over the previous decades. If you'v...e never been to one of their events, you need to see it to believe it - the birds and people are incredible. I stand with WBS and hope they continue to be a pillar of education and conservation for many decades to come. See More
Liz Mccord
· November 3, 2017
The World Bird Sanctuary is an amazing organization! It is not defined by the actions of one man. The staff at the sanctuary are passionate in their love for the animals, and the opportunity to share ...that love through education for the public in a variety of ways. We frequent the Sanctuary for the shows an d special events such as the Owl Prowl and the Open house. The whole family enjoys it. Through a school partnership our child's first grade class learned about the care of the animals at the shelter on a field trip. A packed middle school gym featured a Birds of Prey Program where the class, all of their parents and other guests, learned all about the different birds of prey, what it meant to be endangered and what we could do to stop that cycle. This was accomplished as those magnificent birds were flying on display. It was something we'll never forget!
Stay strong World Bird Sanctuary!
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Dana Workes
· November 3, 2017
I love this organization. Have visited multiple times and have supported financially. It's gone down hill over the past few years as a result of poor leadership - from fundraising to animal care. week, it came out that the executive director, Brian Bissonnette, was arrested back in March of this year on 20 counts of sexual misconduct/abuse. I also learned that the Board of Directors has been aware of this situation for months and, as the governing body of the organization, made the decision to keep the story quiet and allow Brian to remain in his position. This is lazy "leadership" at best. At worst, they made a decision that put the thousands of children and teens who visit and volunteer at the Sanctuary at risk, and now have exposed the organization to a PR nightmare as a result.

Word today is that Brian has been temporarily suspended "until this blows over." This is not acceptable action. Further, the only reason this minimal step was taken was because the media spotlight forced it, not because getting this man away from the organization was the right thing to do, for the sake of public safety, if nothing else. Sexual misconduct should never be tolerated. (#metoo)

I hope this terrible incident will result in multiple leadership changes at this organization – from senior management staff to the ineffective governing board. The animals who reside at World Bird Sanctuary and rely on them for care deserve that, as do the many good staff and volunteers who work there, the donors who entrust this organization with their money, and the thousands of patrons who visit and benefit from the enjoyment and education the Sanctuary offers.

I hope to visit and support WBS again in the future. Until real change begins to happen, my support will be withdrawn.
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Jen Mountain
· January 22, 2018
We always love the bird sanctuary, but had a really great time there yesterday. My daughter is fascinated by birds and animals in general...and she had so much fun chatting with CJ about all of the b...irds at the sanctuary. It takes a special person to inspire and he seems like a very valuable employee. It's obvious he cares deeply about all of the animals and the well being of the birds is first and foremost. Thanks so much for such a neat experience! See More
Charlene Jackson Schneider
· December 10, 2017
WBS is a fabulous organization with a wonderful staff and dedicated volunteers. They do so much as far as bird care at their hospital, education, bird shows, and it's a beautiful place to visit. You... can get up close and personal to the birds. Visit WBS you will love it. And, please consider making a donation to support their great work. See More
Diane Hopmann
· November 6, 2017
My husband and I live in Colorado but are from St. Louis. We try to visit the sanctuary at least once a year when we make trips back "home". Our daughter and son-in-law volunteer at the sanctuary so w...e get a lot of insight into the fantastic work performed by the staff and volunteers at the WBS. I'm now beginning to know some of the birds by name. If we lived closer we would have loved to attend an Owl Prowl. See More
Lynn Croxton
· November 5, 2017
I got to attend your presentation at Cahokia Mounds yesterday, and it was one of the most enjoyable things I've ever witnessed. The birds are beautiful, the speaker was superb, and the volunteer with... her did a great job. I hope you'll be holding similar events in Illinois in the future because I'd love to share this with all my friends and family. Thank you for the important work you do! See More
Ashley Eggen
· October 2, 2017
My family and I came to visit today (I've been wanting to come visit for a while now) and I just want to say thank you to one of the staff members who was taking the birds to feed them, he stopped and... talked to us about the bird he had and was very informative! ! So glad we got to visit before we left St Louis.. I hope one day our journeys lead us back here!! Thank you for all you do for these birds!! See More
Abbey Elkert
· November 3, 2017
There are amazing passionate people here that care about nothing more than the well being if the birds and to inspire the world to love them as much as they do. I appreciate everything these people do... and will continue to support their mission. See More
Jami Alise
· November 3, 2017
As a former intern and employee and a current visitor, this is an amazing organization. This sanctuary rehabs injured, wild birds, educates the public on raptors, releases bird into the wild to boost ...dwindling populations, and so much more! My time with WBS was eye-opening, and I met some of the amazing employees and volunteers. I can’t wait to visit again! See More
Chris Kiefer
· January 28, 2018
I found an owl 🦉 that was injured near Elsberry Mo. and contacted them and they took him in and are giving him the medical help he needs! And also they have a beautiful park with plenty of seats and b...enches with beautiful Birds on display it is family friendly and a gift shop too a must see if visiting the state or if local,just bring the family for a day out See More
Tiffany Nelson
· August 9, 2017
This is a wonderful place of rehabilitation for the birds. We are grateful for what they do here. We donated to help feed the birds, I suggest you do too, esp. since this place is free to get into. ... You will see a lot of injured birds - some blind, some with wing injuries, etc. Without this place they would have passed on. We picnicked here and enjoyed viewing the birds. We didn't see everything they had as it was the end of our trip and we were tired, but what we did see was very worth it. Don't miss Lone Elk Park across the street! See More
Skye Dickherber
· January 31, 2018
Brought in an barred owl they gave me a number to call and check on it. They were very friendly and have given me new updates on the owl when I call... Best news is the owl will be released this week ...after roughly 3/4 weeks there!!! See More
Amy Templer
· December 3, 2017
We are regular visitors to the Sanctuary but attended our first Owl Prowl. Well worth the small fee and the long drive. Incredible experience. Thanks for putting on such great programs!
Caitlin Anna
· November 15, 2017
Every person I️ spoke to on the phone was super nice and helpful. I️ used one of their owls to fly my rings at my wedding and it was the best thing ever!;) the guests were surprised and loved it.
James Wisecarver
· July 24, 2017
I love it any time I can spend time with my Grandsons and my son and daughter in law. I made a promise to my Grandson that after I had my knee replaced I would go with him to the World Bird Sanctuary ...and I kept my promise. Then we went to Fudruckers for lunch. Then we went back to their house for a good while, How can you say a day to dream of. Thanks Guys. See More
Marissa Shoemaker Dunn
· July 9, 2017
Last weekend, I paid for my husband to have a "raptor encounter" for our eighth anniversary. It was well worth the money! Derick was our guide and he gave us a great tour of the sanctuary and the bird... hospital. He told us all kinds of great information that we wouldn't have learned otherwise. Then my husband got to hold an owl and get up close and personal with a red-tailed hawk. I highly recommend World Bird Sanctuary, whether you take advantage of their free exhibits and shows or pay for additional services. Thanks for a great time! See More
Dale Chandler
· November 25, 2017
~First time to this St..Louis treasure~Wish I would have discovered it sooner~but definitely will be expericing it time & time again~ can't wait to share it with more family & friends~Thank you for a...ll you do for the wild life. See More
Mary Geno
· February 14, 2018
I had visited the WBS a few times when we were on our way to our property in Cuba Mo. I always enjoyed. watching the owls and all the wild animals as they walked their property . What a site to see wh...en they would get close and look in the truck!!!! Enjoyed very much. See More
Allyson Juengling
· August 13, 2017
Called to get help with an owl that was on the ground for 3 days, they refused to wait 30 minutes after closing time to look at the bird that they admitted was a protected species, after we volunteere...d to bring the animal to them. So much for caring about animals.. See More

Falconer’s Renaissance Faire
SAVE THE DATE: April 14-15, 2018 9am – 7pm at World Bird Sanctuary

Your presence is requested by the Royal Falconer’s of World Bird Sanctuary. Go back in time with us and experience entertainment, food, wine, craft beer, vendors, and live bird shows all from a time long ago! Are you an entertainer or vendor of Renaissance related items? Email us at for information on how to participate.

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