This Month at Shaw Nature Reserve
Awesome Amphibians

Each year, one of the first signs of spring is the sound of spring peepers (Pseudacris crucifer) peeping in the woods. These small frogs—specifically the males—emit a boisterous call to attract a mate. Hear and see a spring peeper on our YouTube channel.

Join us for an evening on one of our Spring Peeper Musical listening walks or take a hike on your own to the Reserve’s wetland area and listen for the distinctive sound of several species calling. Frogs and toads play an important role, serving as both prey and predator, in wetland ecosystems and are considered indicators of environmental health. Learn how to identify and distinguish between the different toad and frog calls at a FrogWatch USA Volunteer Training.

If you’re visiting near dusk, listen for the quick series of “waaaduck” sounds of the wood frog (Lithobates sylvaticus) mating call. This rare animal is a Species of Conservation Concern in Missouri, so Shaw Nature Reserve is fortunate to have a healthy population. Read more about this frog and learn where to find them at this Missouri Department of Conservation website.

Featured Events

Tuesday, March 21
Little Nature Explorers: Weather

Saturday, March 25
Shades of Grey: The Subtle Art of Black and White Photography
(DATE and LOCATION changed from catalog)

Coming Soon

Saturday, April 8
Daffodil Dash 5k Trail Run

April 12, 19 or 26
Morning Bird Walks