This Month at Shaw Nature Reserve
Winter Wonders

Even though it is chilly, a brisk hike can be a rewarding activity, especially while looking for scenery to photograph. Share photos you have captured at Shaw Nature Reserve on our Facebook page for all to enjoy. If the temperatures are too cold to go outdoors, you can bring the outdoors in by gathering a vase full of evergreen clippings to brighten your home. Just remember to collect around your property and not at the Nature Reserve.

It might look quiet in the woods, but the trees are busy creating food or sap. Warm days with below-freezing temperatures at night get the sap flowing. If we are lucky enough to have the right weather, school groups will get the chance to help make maple syrup here at the Nature Reserve from sugar maple (Acer saccharum). As the sap trickles out of openings on the trees, you might see yellow-bellied sapsuckers (Sphyrapicus varius) getting a drink. In the spring, it’s common to see returning ruby-throated hummingbirds (Archilochus colubris) taking a drink from these same sap holes.

Remember that the three-mile loop road is closed for the winter, but you can still park at the Visitor Center, Bascom House or Pinetum Lake, and hike around the Nature Reserve. Call the Visitor Center to find out what other roads might be closed due to weather conditions.
 
Featured Events

Saturday, January 28
Tips and Tricks to Backyard Maple Syrup


Coming Soon

Saturday, February 4
Shaw Photography Series: How to Talk About Photos

Saturday, February 4 or
Saturday, February 18
Think About Tables Workshop