This Month at Shaw Nature Reserve
Mighty migration

Spring is evident with all the buds bursting into bloom. Enjoy the sight of many ephemeral spring wildflowers in bloom in the Whitmire Wildflower Garden during the Tuesday Spring Wildflower Walks. 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 the Morning Bird Walks during the height of spring migration to view this spectacular event.

Did you know that you can help migrating birds by planting native plant species? Red buckeye trees (Aesculus pavia) typically bloom just in time to provide nectar for hummingbirds. You can view a red buckeye by hiking to the shelter in the home gardening area of the wildflower garden. Several aquatic plants provide shelter for birds, such as bald cypress trees (Taxodium distichum var. distichum). While visiting the wetlands you might see a belted kingfisher, great blue herons and the bright male red-winged blackbirds perched in a cypress tree.

While out hiking the trails be sure to stop at the wetland bird blind. A field guide is available for your use there or you can purchase a bird identification guide to take with you from the Visitor Center. A great website to use while hiking is eNature. Photos and calls of birds that commonly migrate through here can be found there. If you’re here to watch the sunset, there are restrooms open behind the Bascom House for your convenience.

 

 
Featured Events

Tuesday, April 25
Little Nature Explorers: Let's Explore

Saturday, April 29 &
Sunday, April 30
Canopy Climb


Coming Soon

Saturday, May 13
Shaw Wildflower Market

Sundays, May 14, 21;
June 4, 11, 18, 25
Vinyasa Flow Yoga