Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary, West Alton

5.0
#48 of 61 in Wildlife in Missouri
Designated as an Important Bird Area by the Audubon Society, the Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary (RMBS) encompasses a total of 3700 acres. Within the Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary is a 1200 acre wetland and bottomland prairie restoration project. The Corps of Engineers is committed to stewardship, recreation, and education. The RMBS is the embodiment of that committment.

RMBS hosts an abundance of waterfowl, shorebirds, and raptors to delight birdwatchers of all ages. January and February are especially busy with eagle-watchers from near and far who enjoy viewing our national symbol. The RMBS exemplifies a balanced management approach between sustaining the rivers as a national transportation corridor and recognizing the beautiful natural resources of the area. The project harnesses the power of the river to create wetlands, bottomland prairie, and marsh similar to that which existed prior to historical settlement of in the area.

Across the Clark Bridge from historic Alton, Il, Riverlands is just 20 minutes from downtown St. Louis. RMBS is a convenient destination for outdoor recreation and spectacular landscapes. The Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary is a place where individuals, families, schools, and other groups can visit to learn about the importance of balancing human culture and the health of our wild ecosystems. RMBS boasts flatland trails that take visitors out into our marshes, praries, and along the river; fishing and a spectactular view of the Melvin Price Locks and Dam at the Maple Island Access; access to the Ted and Pat Jones Confluence State Park where visitors can stand at the meeting of MIssissippi and Missouri Rivers; the chance to watch some the millions of birds migrating along the Mississippi Flyway; access to Ellis bay and the Mississippi Water Trail for kayaking; the beautiful Audubon Center; a frog pond and prarie garden right outside the visitors center; and educational programming almost every weekend.

Come see for yourself everything we have to offer! We look forward to seeing you!

For more information on our outreach and education programming or special events, please contact Natural Resources Specialist Leighann Jones at (636) 899-0088 or by email at leighann.jones@usace.army.mil.
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  • We love natural encounters, this is perfect. It was a cold sunny afternoon, bald eagles feasting on kill atop the ice, flying together above the Mississippi River, and just wowing the observers. Why d...  more »
  • The bald eagles, the trumpeter swans, and hundreds of ducks are migrating. I particularly enjoyed the calls of the many trumpeter swans. The visitor's center is pleasant. Try walking to the pier that ...  more »

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