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Wildlife Value of Poison Ivy

Most of us go out of our way to avoid getting close to poison ivy. No one wants to get the dreaded itchy skin rash and blisters that is caused by contact with the leaves, stems, or roots of this native vine. But, for wildlife, poison ivy is an important food source. Although the oil […]

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American Holly: Native Plant of the Month

American Holly (Ilex opaca)

There’s not a lot of color outdoors in winter, but the American holly (Ilex opaca) will bring you both green and red – just in time for the holidays. It’s an evergreen, meaning it keeps its leaves year-round, so you’ll always have some green in your yard. It produces bright red berries in mid- to late-fall that persist […]

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10 Odd Opossum Facts – Mississippi Wildlife

If you spend any time outdoors in Mississippi, you’ve probably come across an opossum ambling through the woods or maybe you’ve seen one in the yard digging through your trash! These furry marsupials are pretty interesting and can do some amazing things. We’ve compiled some of our favorite odd opossum facts in this article: Baby […]

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10 Amazing American Alligator Facts

In the summertime at Tara, you will find no shortage of alligators, some of up them up to 13 feet in length. They can be seen basking in the sun along the banks of the lakes and ponds or poking their heads above the water. There are some amazing things about this native animal species. […]

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Smooth Sumac: Native Plant of the Month

Smooth Sumac Shrubs (Rhus glabra)

Fall is the time when the native sumac shrubs shine. Their compound leaves turn bright orange-red to red, creating a stunning show of color in the landscape. Smooth sumac (Rhus glabra) is a native, deciduous shrub. You’ll see a large grouping of these shrubs growing in one spot. The red color of their leaves in […]

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