coming Saturday's birding trip to Shaw Nature Reserve (SNR) in Franklin County
sponsored by the St. Louis Audubon Society is open to all--members and
non-members. Since SNR is owned by the Missouri Botanical Garden (MBG) a fee of
$3.00 is required for non-members of the MBG or $2.00, if a senior. We'll meet
at the entrance/visitor center at 7:30am. The trip will be held regardless of
the weather (I'm told Hot!).
Birds: SNR offers
the best opportunity in the St. Louis area to observe nearly all of the species
characteristic of the Ozarks, including river-bottom birds. We'll especially
work at seeing Henslow's Sparrow and the nesting neo-tropical migrants such as
Blue-winged, Yelow-throated, Prairie, Cerulean, Kentucky, and Prothonotary
Warblers. Ovenbirds, Louisana Waterthrush, Northern Parula and Yellow-breasted
Chat also nest at SNR as do both Summer and Scarlet
trip is billed as an all day hike; therefore, we walk from the Bascom House all
the way to the Meramec River and back. Since we can never be sure where we'll be
at noon, please pack a snack/lunch and water. There are restroom facilities at
the visitor center, Bascom House and the Trail House. Water is also available at
the Trail House.
is located approximately 23 miles from the I-44/I-270 junction. Take I--44 west
to the Gray Summit exit (MODOT assured me that the exit and bridge across I-44
will be open. The bridge under repair is not at the Gray Summit exit). Turn left
across the overpass, then immediately right; the entrance is just ahead on the
is a 2,400 acre nature study area managed by MBG, which purchased five adjoining
farms in the 1940s with the purpose of moving MBG. Smog from coal furnaces
blocked out the sun in St. Louis City and many of the plants at MBG were dying.
Before the move could be made, however, gas furnaces were introduced in St.
Louis. The SNR staff has made extensive prairie restoration one of its major
goals. Removal of Red Cedar (Juniperus virginiana) has allowed many
native wildflowers to return to the glades. Besides the birds, The Whitmire
Garden, comprised mostly of native plants, is one of the many reasons to make
Alwood. Please call me at (314) 600-4126, if you have any questions. I hope to
see many of you on Saturday.
St. Louis County