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Channel Engineering Helps Protect Endangered Least Tern and Pallid Sturgeon
The most prominent geographical feature in Mississippi is the mighty river that is its namesake. The Mississippi River has the largest drainage basin in North America... Read More
Featured Species in Mississippi
The rare swallow-tailed kite is considered one of the most threatened land birds currently without federal protection. Photo credit: Todd Schneider, GA DNR Wildlife Resources Division
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Louisiana black bear
The Louisiana black bear was once a common inhabitant of forested regions of eastern Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi. Decline of this species, throughout its range, was due to depletion of populations through over harvest by humans, and to loss and fragmentation of suitable forested habitats.
Louisiana black bear.
Photo credit: USFWS
Partnership Stories in Mississippi
Rare Animal Research at Camp Shelby, Mississippi
The Nature Conservancy's Camp Shelby Conservation Program provides information on threatened, endangered and rare species to the Mississippi Army National Guard. In order to do this, staff survey for and study rare species and communities. More »
Found in Mississippi
Pondberry (Lindera melissifolia) is a rarely seen woody plant that grows in seasonally flooded forests and on the edges of sinks and ponds. The 36 remaining populations of the plant are scattered across seven southern states. In Mississippi, the plant is known to occur in Bolivar, Sharkey, Sunflower, and Tallahatchie Counties. One of the largest populations is within the Delta National Forest.
Photo credit: Joe Ditto, Missouri Botanical Garden
There are only 100 adult Mississippi gopher frogs (Rana capito sevosa) in the world—all located at one site in Harrison County, Mississippi. These frogs are extremely elusive, spending most of their lives underground. They use active and abandoned gopher tortoise burrows, abandoned mammal burrows and holes in and under old stumps as their underground retreats. Loss and degradation of habitat is the primary reason for the species' decline.
Photo credit: Glen Johnson, USFWS