5 Wild Adventures with Wildlife

By Keaggy, Diane Toroian | St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO), May 19, 2013 | Go to article overview

5 Wild Adventures with Wildlife


Keaggy, Diane Toroian, St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)


Audubon Center at Riverlands

Wine tourists travel to California. Art lovers visit New York. And birders flock to the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi rivers to observe rare and beautiful species. The Audubon Center at Riverlands is offering guided canoe tours of the Mississippi River and its bays and backwaters, home to the endangered Interior Least Tern, yellow billed cuckoo, a variety of herons and other birds. The center, one of the region's best new attractions, also has hiking trails and a variety of fascinating exhibits about nests, trumpeter swans, Mississippi migratory patterns and efforts to preserve natural wetlands. When 5:30 p.m. June 8, 7 p.m. July 20, 6:15 a.m. Aug. 18 * Where Audubon Center at Riverlands, 301 Riverlands Way * How much $60 * More info 636-899-0090, riverlands.audubon.org

Swan songThe Audubon Center at Riverlands has joined other conservation groups in monitoring the local trumpeter swan population. This winter, they observed 1773 trumpeter swans 300 more than the previous winter.

Endangered Wolf Center

Booze and deadly predators? Why not? When the Endangered Wolf Center reopens in June for tours after breeding season, the park shows its wild side with weekly evening howls. Visitors can kick back, let loose their best howls and listen for the animals to answer. Events include Wine and Cheese Howls (June 19, July 26, Aug. 23), a Beer and Brat Howl (June 28) and an Ice Cream Howl (June 22, July 20). You'll find us at the Margaritas and Mexican Grays Howl on July 12. The center also offers daytime Preda-Tours at 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 1 p.m. Sundays. When Fridays- Sundays starting in June; reservations required * Where Endangered Wolf Center, 6750 Tyson Valley Road * How much $12-$22 * More info 636-938-5900, endangeredwolfcenter.org

Cry wolfAlmost half of all critically endangered Mexican wolves born in captivity were born at the Endangered Wolf Center.

Grant's Farm

Grant's Farm offers two new attractions this summer: camel rides and behind-the-scenes Clydesdale tours. …

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