Native Plant Answer Service

Curious about a plant or animal you found in your yard? Spot something neat along our trails but don't know what it is? Wondering who left that footprint? Looking for a particular bird or animal and want to know more? Found a flower or berry and want to know if it’s edible?

Visitors to the Nature Reserve frequently pose questions such as these for our naturalists to answer. View some of the most popular inquiries and our responses below.

Popular Questions and Answers

What kinds of animals will I see at the Shaw Nature Reserve? Are they dangerous?

For over 30 years Shaw Nature Reserve has managed and restored diverse native habitats. It is a safe haven for plant/animal species, so a variety of animals live at the Reserve.  We have kinds of mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians, and lots of land and water invertebrates. You might not see all these animals but we have spotted: bobcat, beaver, mink, fox, bats, hawk, eagle, bluebirds, box turtles, snapping turtles, black rat snakes, skinks, toads, frogs, salamanders, ants, tarantulas, butterflies, and many more.

Animals will protect themselves and anything with a mouth can bite, so do not attempt to pet or pick up wild animals.

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