St. Catherine Creek National Wildlife Refuge
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Calendar of Events

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  • Sunday, January 1, 2012 is the last day of deer muzzleloader season
  • Begining Monday, January 2, 2012 hunting for squirrels and rabbits with our without dogs is permitted on the refuge
  • Also on Monday, January 2, 2012 the Cottonmouth Unit CLOSES for all hunting.
  • The office will be closed on Monday, January 16, 2012 in observation of Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • The first Friends Group Meeting of the year will be held at 5:30pm on Monday, January 23, 2012. It will be held at the Grand Village of the Natchez Indians in Natchez, MS.
  • Deer archery season closes on Monday, January 31, 2012
  • Bald Ealge nesting and present on area lakes
  • Great Horned owls nesting
  • Peak waterfowl hunting


  • Fishing is permitted on the refuge begining February 1st
  • On Monday, February 29, 2012 ATV trails close, as does hunting for squirrels, rabbits, and raccoons
  • Red maple blooms
  • Woodcock nesting
  • Elms bloom
  • Wood Duck paired up and looking for nesting sites
  • Red-tailed Hawks nesting


  • Turkeys gobbling
  • Eagles nesting
  • Bass spawn, according to water temperature
  • Redbud, crabapple, wild plum and dogwood are in bloom
  • Wood Ducks are nesting
  • Rattlesnakes emerge from their dens
  • Woodcock migrate back north
  • Black vultures nesting


  • Wild Azalea, red buckeye, pawpaw bloom
  • Wood Duck ducklings visible
  • Bull frogs croaking & mating
  • Turtles become active
  • Doves begin nesting
  • Shad running in river
  • Turkeys are nesting
  • Pelicans congregating on refuge
  • Songbirds migrating north
  • Shorebirds migrating north


  • Mississippi Kites migrating
  • Bluegill spawning
  • Catfish spawning
  • Heron rookeries start to become active
  • Bluebird & Prothonotary Warbler nesting
  • Alligators active
  • Chuck-will's widow calling
  • Black-necked stilts congregating on mud flats
  • Songbird migration ends by mid-May


  • Annual Use Permit's from the 2011 - 2012 season expire on June 30, 2012. Be sure to get next year's permit from the refuge headquarters, or by mail!
  • Migratory Bird Day & National Trails Day - June 23, 2012. (Click on NEWS tab for more information)
  • Queen Ann's lace bloom
  • Maypops bloom
  • Turkey with young visible
  • Grey squirrels with young visible
  • Bobwhite quail calling and nesting
  • Roseate Spoonbills present
  • Eaglets leaving the nest


  • Purple martins leave nest
  • Black-eyed Susans bloom
  • Whitetail deer begin dropping fawns in late July
  • Cormorants on area lakes
  • Impoundments are flooded for shorebirds
  • Shorebirds begin migrating South


  • Whitetail deer with young visible
  • Wood storks present on area lakes
  • Alligators very visible
  • Blue-wing Teal migrating
  • Shorebirds migrating South
  • Herons & Egrets feeding on area lakes and impoundments
  • Fall (Southbound) songbird migration begins


  • Shorebirds migrating
  • Broad-winged hawks migrating
  • Blue-winged Teal pass through
  • Rattlesnakes begin to hibernate
  • Herons & Egrets feeding on area lakes and impoundments
  • Fall (Southbound) songbird migration begins


  • Deer archery hunting opens on October 1, 2012
  • Friends Group meeting will be held at the Grand Village of the Natchez Indians in Natchez, MS at 5:30pm on Monday, October 22, 2012 - Last meeting of the year due to holidays!
  • National Wildlife Refuge Week Celebration October 13, 2012 9:00am - 2:00pm
  • Hickory nuts falling
  • Start of peak Fall songbird migration
  • Acorns falling
  • Squirrels barking
  • Wild persimmons ripening
  • Fall colors showing
  • Begin flooding waterfowl impoundments
  • First appearances of Bald Eagle usually reported


  • Youth Gun Hunt (Deer) 1st 7 Days of State Youth Gun Hunt Season . ALL OTHER HUNTING IS CLOSED DURING THE YOUTH GUN HUNT WEEK.
  • On Thursday, November 12th the office will be closed for Veteran's Day.
  • The last day for fishing on the refuge, as well as small game hunting (no dogs) will be Friday, November 16, 2012
  • Deer muzzleloader season opens on Saturday, November 17, 2012
  • The office will be closed from Thursday, November 22nd through Sunday, November 25th for Thanksgiving weekend.
  • No Friends Group Meeting will be held this month due to the holidays
  • End of season for flowering plants
  • Peak of Fall colors
  • Expect killing frost
  • Woodcock flights arrive from North
  • Wintering Bald Eagles visible near impoundments
  • Waterfowl numbers build


  • The office will be closed on Monday and Tuesday, December 24-25, 2012 for the Christmas holiday.
  • No Friends Group Meeting will be held this month due to the holidays
  • Deer in rut
  • Late acorns falling
  • Great Horned Owls begin nesting
  • Bald Eagle present on area lakes



Last updated: June 18, 2012
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