Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Mississippi

MISSISSIPPI
Some interesting areas that I've heard little about.

1. Mississippi mainstem from Bolivar to Tunica counties -- many smallish forest fragments, more than in other states.

2. Delta National Forest and Panther Swamp NWR -- some of the largest forest patches in the Mississippi Alluvial corridor.

3. Big Black River, Mathiston to I-20 -- narrow but very long.

4. Mississippi mainstem and lower Buffalo River in southern Adams and northwestern Wilkinson counties -- rather extensive forests. Worth noting that this along with LA areas #9 and #10 forms a pretty good size area of almost interconnected forest.

5. Pearl River below Columbia to highway 90 (also in LA) -- primo area, very extensive, goes far beyond the portions that have been intensively explored by birders recently. Reports of possibly two Ivorybills from this area in the past few weeks.

6. Leaf and Pascagoula Rivers from McClain to I-10 -- another large area.

2 Comments:

At 7:27 PM, Anonymous Chiricahua Bob said...

Have had several reports from fall hunters of Ivory-bills in the St. Catherine's Creek NWR area and the loess bluff region in SW Mississippi. The latter region which includes a small TNC site at Clark's Creek is very rugged with steep hills and limited sight distance (might be hard to hear very far too) but is well-wooded, with a high diversity of hardwoods including upland and Appalachian species like American beech and largely privately-owned.

 
At 6:46 PM, Blogger Bill Pulliam said...

That would be contiguous with the area I defined as number 4, which also connects to areas in Louisiana. Sounds like an area to examine (oh but there are so many...)

 

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