This Month at Shaw Nature Reserve
Tree treats

Even though it is chilly, a brisk hike can be a rewarding activity. View several species of woodpecker while on the River Trail, especially if they have the bright red markings such as the red-bellied woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) or the pileated woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus). Hear tree sap dripping out of small holes carved into trees by the yellow-bellied sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius) when temperatures are above freezing. Learn how to take the sap from a sugar maple tree (Acer saccharum) and turn it into maple syrup during Tips and Tricks to Backyard Maple Syrup or bring your school group out to the Dana Brown Overnight Center.

February is a great time to stop in at the Bascom House. On weekdays come inside and warm up while watching songbirds feed at the bird feeders we have placed in trees around the Bascom House. When you’re ready to venture out again, head to the Whitmire Wildflower Garden to view Ozark witch hazel (Hamamelis vernalis) in bloom.

The loop road is closed for the winter but you can still park at the Visitor’s Center or Bascom House and hike around the Reserve. Call ahead to find out what other roads might be closed due to weather conditions.

Featured Events

Saturday, February 20
Additional class added!
Think About Tables Workshop

Saturday, February 20 
Storytelling—How to Create Beautiful and Compelling Photo Slideshows

Coming Soon

Friday, March 4
Build a Bluebird Nest Box

Friday, March 18
Composting 101