Protecting critical habitat through birding

Tricolored Heron

At 80.8 miles in length, and draining an area of more than 8,000 square miles, the Pascagoula River encompasses a diversity of habitats and is home to more than 300 species of birds. This is the gateway to important nesting grounds for birds such as the Mississippi and Swallow-tailed Kites and Prothonotary Warblers. Along with important breeding bird habitat, the protected forest lands surrounding the Pascagoula, as part of the greater Mississippi Flyway, make up a critical piece of migratory stopover habitat each year for hundreds of species of migratory birds. Some of these species spend their winters in the Gulf Coast region and others continue south (or north, depending on the season). Native plants and trees provide crucial food and shelter.

Birds at Our Center

Bald Eagle

Latin:  Haliaeetus leucocephalus

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Prothonotary Warbler

Latin:  Protonotaria citrea

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Hooded Warbler

Latin:  Setophaga citrina

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Brown Pelican

Latin:  Pelecanus occidentalis

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Swallow-tailed Kite

Latin:  Elanoides forficatus

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Hooded Merganser

Latin:  Lophodytes cucullatus

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Little Blue Heron

Latin:  Egretta caerulea

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Magnolia Warbler

Latin:  Setophaga magnolia

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