Located at the confluence of the Mississippi, Illinois, and Missouri Rivers, the Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary is at the center of one of the greatest flyways on earth. Millions of birds - more than half of all bird species in North America - migrate along the Mississippi Flyway each spring and fall. This unique place is designated as an Important Bird Area by the Audubon Society, and encompasses a total of 3700 acres of forest, prairie, and wetland habitat.
The sanctuary is managed by the Army Corps of Engineers. Educating the public about the importance of this ecological treasure is part of the Corps' environmental mission. Encouraging people to explore and connect with the river is an ideal way to foster a sense of stewardship.