Sunday, February 22, 2009

Noxubee Wildlife Refuge

It had been 12 years since I last visited Noxubee Wildlife Refuge. I spent a considerable amount of time there while I was at Mississippi State University. 12 years later and I remember my way around the Noxubee Wildlife Refuge more than I did my way around Mississippi State University. I guess that should be expected since the refuge served as my study hall many times. The way I figured it, why sit in your apartment and do homework or sit in a library when you can sit on the banks at bluff lake or study at one of several overlooks.

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.


Princess Katrina said...

very nice pictures! :)

Sabrrrriiiiiiiina said...

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Time Outdoors said...

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Kenny said...

Nice site man, thanks for the comments before on my blog about obama doing a blog project for college and need the hits and comments so return visits would be appreciated. Thanks again man.

JijiN3k0 said...

Beautiful photos!

Merili. said...

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