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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

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Every good tern deserves another

The interior least tern (Sterna antillarum) is a common summer resident along the lower Mississippi River. During their peak nesting period, Interior least terns are... Read More

Featured Species in Mississippi

Swallow-tailed kite

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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Swallow-tailed kite.

Photo credit: USFWS

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.

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Louisiana black bear.

Photo credit: USFWS

Partnership Stories in Mississippi

Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries

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. Photo credit: Joe Ditto, Missouri Botanical Garden

    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

  • Mississippi gopher frogs. Photo credit: Glen Johnson, USFWS

    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

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Last updated: June 4, 2020