This Month at Shaw Nature Reserve
Harbingers of Spring

Spring is evident with all the buds bursting into bloom. Enjoy the spectacular daffodil display at the Daffodil Dash 5k Trail Run and view the many spring wildflowers in bloom in the Whitmire Wildflower Garden during a Tuesday Spring Wildflower Walk. While enjoying the wildflower show, don’t forget to look up! Birds are everywhere at the Reserve…some preparing to take up summer residency and others migrating through to northern nesting grounds. Join us for a Morning Bird Walk during the height of spring migration.

It’s hard to miss the chorus from our ponds. Learn how to identify Missouri toad and frog calls at a FrogWatch USA training. While near the wetlands you might see the belted kingfisher, great blue herons and the bright male red-winged blackbirds are beginning to establish their territories.

While out hiking the trails be sure to look for other blooming plants like the dainty spring beauty (Claytonia virginica), the harbinger of spring (Erigenia bulbosa) and Dutchman’s breeches (Dicentra cucullaria) as they carpet the woodlands before the trees leaf out. Stop by the Bascom House to get a cool drink or hot drink on the weekends.


Featured Events

Saturday, April 11
Daffodil Dash 5k Trail Run

Saturday, April 11
Women’s Fishing

Sunday, April 12
Youth Fishing

Saturday, April 25
Healing Grief with Nature

Coming Soon

Saturday, May 2
Tea on the Terrace and Tour

Friday, May 8–
Saturday, May 9
Mother/Daughter Overnight Letterboxing

Saturday, May 9
Spring Wildflower Market