Prescribed burning is an important tool to manage habitat on the refuge. The regular application of slow-moving fire removes wildfire fuel, reduces invasive vegetation and encourages plants that wildlife species use for food and cover. Prescribed burning maintains prime red-cockaded woodpeckers nesting trees by limiting competing hardwoods. This establishes conditions similar to the bird’s native habitat, mature pine forest. In an open stand of tall pines, the woodpeckers are more protected from predators and require less foraging territory. Wild turkey and bobwhite thrive in fire-managed forests. These game birds require open forest, where they nest on the ground and feed on nuts, seeds, insects, and more. Small birds are attracted to lands maintained with fire. The secretive Bachman’s sparrow nests and feeds in mature pine forest and grassy fields. Warblers, buntings, and other Neotropical migratory birds inhabit shrubs bordering burn areas.
Forest management has been practiced on the refuge since its establishment and its current woodlands are a result. The refuge's forest provides wildlife the essentials (food, shelter, and homes). The forest also provides countless recreational opportunities for visitors.
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The Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge is seeking applications from adventurous young women and men ages 15 to 18. Applicants may not turn 19 during the duration of employment. Young adults interested in wildlife careers, summer employment or job experience, are encouraged to apply.
Positions are available through the Youth Conservation Corps program and are a great way to get to know your local National Wildlife Refuge and become involved in natural resource conservation. No prior experience is necessary but participants must be legal citizens of the United States. Students are expected to work the full duration of the summer. For more information contact the refuge office at:662/323-5548.