I think you've drawn a pretty good scenario. There's a decent amount of habitat along the Mississippi River, almost continuous from north St. Louis county down to the arch. I once did bird surveys along the bikeway and Hall Street, which is all industrial/junk yards, etc. I saw turkey, Western Kingbird, bobwhite, even coyote. Bellefontaine and Calvary Cemeteries both have plenty of edge habitat, but they are about 6 miles north of Forest Park. I'm not sure how well the buck would do heading south on Kingshighway or Union Blvd.

The proposal for a corridor between Yellowstone and the Yukon (called "Y to Y") is fascinating. Of course, we need green corridors on a small scale too, yard to yard.

Anne McCormack

On Jun 19, 2011, at 10:43 AM, R Bailey wrote:

I was trying to imagine the greenest corridor the buck took. I think crossing I-64 would be too difficult without much access to overpasses, besides all that urban structure surrounding Forest Park. Besides I-64, other Interstate highways surround the park: I-70, I-170. My first guess was that it came from the north. Perhaps it crossed I-70 via Adelaide overpass. There's a lot of green space along the Mississippi River, as well as the cemeteries in that part of the area, but once across there's still a lot of urban structure, so maybe it came from the west through Ladue and Clayton suburbs. The deer seemed habituated to humans because it allowed for me stand there on the bike path and watch it for a while without much interest in me. I alerted the park rangers and they didn't seem to be aware of its presence. 

Creating green corridors for wildlife, be it for birds or the 4-legged kind, is finally making some headway in political circles now. There's a proposal to create a green corridor between the Greater Yellowstone area and the Yukon and points northward. Highways are actually the biggest obstacle for the 4-legged kind. Of course there's a lot of opposition.


Bob Bailey 
St. Louis, MO 
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Can't picture the leap-frogging Greenway, though they are certainly in not-too-distant parts of west St Louis County.  I don't suppose the Zoo would bother to house and feed such plentiful native Missouri residents when they have so many rare wild  animals to care for.
 
Jackie Chain
St Louis County


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I've posted before how Kennedy Woods in Forest Park offers much of what can be seen in the outstate forests of Missouri. Well, this afternoon in the Kennedy Woods praire area, besides being aglow in yellow  and blue (Indigo Buntings and American Goldfinches), a new resident appeared (the first I've seen there): a WHITE-TAILED DEER BUCK with a 6-point rack. 

Without wings to fly on, one has to wonder what green corridor it would have had to take to get there.

Bob Bailey 
St. Louis, MO 
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