The mighty Mississippi is the driving force impacting a variety of successional vegetative patterns across its floodplain. Temporary wetlands, shrub/scrub, mud flats, sand deposits, are all distributed within a riverfront forest mosaic on the refuge. Based upon a recent hydrologic analysis, the refuge lands have a 20% chance of flooding every two years. Cottonwoods, sycamores, maples, pecans, willows, button-bush, are just a few of the forest tree species racing against the mighty Mississippi to keep a foothold on the refuge. Come see how an active river molds and shapes the vegetation response and the animals that call it home.