WEST ALTON, Mo. (AP) -- Bird-watching enthusiasts will have a new venue for their hobby beginning this weekend along the Mississippi River near West Alton.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that a new $3.3 million bird-watching center will open Saturday morning near where the Clark Bridge crosses into Alton, Ill.
The center in the Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary is the newest addition to a decade-long effort to promote nature tourism near where the Mississippi and Missouri rivers meet
The sanctuary is in the heart of the Mississippi flyway, considered among the world's most-significant routes for migratory birds. Some 325 species of American waterbirds and songbirds travel though the area each year.