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National Wildlife Refuge

Box 831 Hwy 446
Boyle, MS   38730
E-mail: FW4RWNorthMSRefuges@fws.gov
Phone Number: 662-742-9331
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Dahomey NWR's extensive bottomland forest is home to many neotropical migrants, such as this hermit thrush.
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  Wildlife and Habitat

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Most of Dahomey's woodlands are wet from November through May from ponded rainfall in shallow depressional areas. Migratory waterfowl use the agricultural areas, moist soil units, and a green timber reservoir (GTR) while deer and wild turkey are common in the forest interior and around the edges of the agricultural fields. Flocks of 20 or more turkey are common in the fall and winter. In the winter, six species of woodpeckers can be seen along with barred owl, great-horned owl and eastern screech-owl. During the summer months, Neotropical migrants such as Mississippi kite, summer tanager, ruby-throated hummingbird, wood thrush, yellow-billed cuckoo, blue-grey gnatcatcher, great-crested flycatcher, eastern wood-pewee, Acadian flycatcher, hooded warbler, prothonotary warbler, Swainson's warbler, white-eyed vireo and red-eyed vireo can be found on the refuge. Dahomey has been identified by Partners In Flight as a priority area in the lower MAV for rare or declining neotropical migratory birds and by the Lower Mississippi River Valley Joint Venture Team as being one of the top five priority sites for wintering waterfowl in the state of Mississippi. Dahomey is truly an island of forested wetlands in a sea of agricultural land and represents a vestige of natural habitats in the northwestern part of the state.

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