Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge is located in east-central Mississippi about 20 minutes South of Starkville, Mississippi. It contains 48,000-acre of which about 42,500 acres consist of hardwood bottoms and upland woodlands offering prime habitat for deer, turkey, quail, woodpeckers, waterfowl, etc. Several endangered species are located within Noxubee Wildlife Refuge including the Bald Eagle and Red-Cockaded Woodpecker. The Red-Cockaded Woodpecker is a resident bird to Noxubee Wildlife Refuge and receives a considerable amount of attention from the park staff. The Refuge goes to great lengths overseeing the habitat to ensure the bird continues to thrive. Management includes control burns, removing hardwood in pine forest, and installing manmade cavities in select trees that birds to for nesting. (This is a Red-Bellied Woodpecker pictured)
Noxubee Wildlife Refuge consist of two lakes, several ponds, and several creeks and rivers and areas flooded for waterfowl management. The main lake within the Refuge is Bluff Lake and is a great spot for viewing waterfowl. The Refuge has an overlook at the lake where you will more than likely see deer or turkey in addition to waterfowl. It is not uncommon to see alligators along the banks.
While visiting the Noxubee Refugee I was able to photograph two Bald Eagles and with two babies. These eagles have been visiting the park the last couple of years and hopefully will continue to return to the Refugee. If you are visiting, please keep your distance and do not disturb the eagles.