Where to take great photographs in St. Louis?

July 22, 2016

If you’re looking for a great place to go out and shoot wildlife, the World Bird Sanctuary (WBS) in Valley Park is worth checking out!  Located just south of St. Louis off Highway 44, the WBS is over 300 acres of woodlands to hike and enjoy. Not to mention the animals!

The World Bird Sanctuary generally has around 200 species at any given time.  When I visited last I saw owls, hawks, eagles, and even chickens!  Most are in outdoor enclosures so you can look (and shoot!) to your heart’s content.

There is also an animal hospital on the WBS grounds, where sick or injured birds can be taken to receive care. Â These birds are treated by volunteer veterinarians, and upon recovery are rehabilitated and eventually released back into the wild. Â Around 300 birds per year are treated in the hospital.

If you’re not a bird lover, that’s ok!  The WBS also has snakes and reptiles, bats, and an armadillo.  They are located adjacent to Lone Elk Park, another great location to shoot wildlife.  Lone Elk Park has deer, buffalo, and of course, elk.

The World Bird Sanctuary is great place to get in touch with nature and practice your wildlife shooting!  Visit their website for hours and more info.  Creve Coeur Camera is also doing a photo walk at the Wild Bird Sanctuary on July 24, 2016.  If you’d like to join us, please visit
to sign up or call your local CCC store.

-Photos and blog by Ashli Marler, St. Charles store manager