It’s an astonishing natural event along Illinois Riverbend community, just outside St. Louis. 60 percent of all the migratory birds in North America pass through this ecologically rich region. And it’s happening right now.
From now until early June, American White Pelicans with their 9-foot wingspans are congregating at the Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge in Brussels, Illinois (just a short ferry ride from the town of Grafton). Huge flocks of these majestic shorebirds are resting up for the final leg of their journey to summer nesting places like Minnesota, Nebraska and Canada.
At the Audubon Center at Riverlands in West Alton, MO, you can talk to bird experts and learn about this massive migration that puts on a show twice a year, in Spring & Fall. Embark on a thrilling “Great River Safari” where Audubon birders paddle you out to a Mississippi river island, up close to the Pelicans and other birds.
Led by renowned professional river guide, Michael Clark of “Big Muddy Adventures,” you’ll never forget the experience of seeing these beautiful birds in their natural habitat.