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Common Pawpaw: Native Plant of the Month

Pawpaw fruit

If you’ve stumbled across the large greenish-yellow fruit of the pawpaw in the woods at Tara, you might have wondered what it was. These oblong, oddly shaped fruits grow sometimes as large as 6 inches long! The common pawpaw tree (Asimina triloba) can be seen in our native plant garden and grows in bottomland soils […]

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Tips for Canoeing at Tara

Gently paddling your canoe across the lake in the early hours of a morning sunrise can really open your eyes to the world around you. You can hear the birds singing from across the lake and you might even get to see deer, wading birds, or even a coyote coming to drink at the water’s […]

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A Portrayal of Fannye A. Cooke – Scientist and Conservationist

Dr. Shropshire portraying Fannye A. Cook

We have added an entertaining and educational new event at the Spring Birding Weekend this year. You will hear about Fannye A. Cook, who was a pioneer among scientists, conservationists, and women. Cook was born in 1889 in Crystal Springs, Mississippi, in a time when women couldn’t vote, serve on juries, and were considered generally […]

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The Best Walking Paths & Hiking Trails in Vicksburg

Walking Trails & Paths

Vicksburg is a beautiful city, full of historic homes, beautiful views of the Mississippi River, unique restaurants and shops, down-home music, great places to get outdoors, and so much more. What better way to get and up-close-and-personal view of all that the city has to offer than by taking a stroll through some of its […]

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Flowering Dogwood: Beauty and Wildlife Value

Native to the eastern United States, flowering dogwood (Cornus florida) is a small tree that produces large white blooms in early spring and bright red fruits in the summer and early fall. There are many insects, birds, and mammals that use it as a food source. Wildlife Value The bright red fruits are an important […]

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