This Month at Shaw Nature Reserve
Spring Migration

March welcomes back several species that have migrated or hibernated for the winter. Whether you’re witnessing the emergence of a delicate bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis), spring peepers (Pseudacris crucifer crucifer) peeping during the Spring Peeper Musical, or the return of the first purple martins (Progne subis), it means that warm weather is not far behind.

While out hiking, it’s hard to miss the bright eastern bluebirds soaring above the prairie and the red-headed woodpeckers scurrying up trees in the Whitmire Wildflower Garden. View the sea of Virginia bluebells near the Meramec River during Bluebells Abound! Spring peepers aren’t the only frogs making sounds. Learn how to identify most Missouri toad and frog calls during our FrogWatch USA training.

Are you having trouble identifying the wildflowers and birds you’re seeing? The Visitor Center book store has many excellent field guides to assist you. If you’re visiting near dusk listen for the nasal “peent” sound of the woodcock mating call. Read more about this bird and learn where to find them at the Missouri Department of Conservation website. Remember the Bascom House is open on the weekends and it a great place to rest and learn more about the Reserve.


Featured Events

Wednesday, March 11 or
Tuesday, March 17
Shaw Family Adventures:
Lucky Leaves

Friday, March 27
An Inside Look at Shaw Nature Reserve: Family History & Tour

Coming Soon

Six Thursdays beginning April 2
Ba Duan Jin

Wednesday, April 8,
Wednesday, April 15 or
Wednesday, April 22
Morning Bird Walk

Saturday, April 11
Daffodil Dash 5k Trail Run