Tallahatchie National Wildlife Refuge is located within the Mississippi Alluvial Valley (MAV). Historically, forested wetlands dominated this region. These forests naturally flooded in the winter and spring from the floodwaters of the Mississippi River and its tributaries. Today, the river has been leveed and the landscape has drastically changed with extensive deforestation and conversion of forest lands to agriculture. It is estimated that only 20 percent of the MAV is still occupied by forested wetlands. With the proliferation of agriculture in this area, significant alterations to the natural hydrology of the landscape have also occurred. The remaining forested wetlands of the MAV are highly fragmented (broken into small patches), which also impact the quality of habitat for wildlife.
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This small songbird can be identified by its yellowish chest and can be found in the old fields on our refuge.