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10 Awe Inspiring Facts About The Mighty Mississippi River

The Lower Mississippi River near Vicksburg

The Mississippi River flows for 2,350 miles – from Lake Itasca in Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico. The river is an important part of what makes Tara Wildlife so special. It helps to add to the beauty of this place and it supports an abundance of wildlife, attracting birds on their migration, providing food […]

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9 Nature Festivals in Mississippi You Won’t Want to Miss

Terry Vandeventer & his Live Reptiles. Photo courtesy of Strawberry Plains Audubon Center

If you love being outdoors – watching wildlife, native plants, or enjoying some outdoor recreation, then Mississippi’s nature and outdoor festivals are for you. Mississippi has abundant native wildlife and plants, lots of places to hike or canoe, and so much to explore. From one of the top-rated birding festivals to a festival that celebrates the longest […]

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10 Gripping Great Horned Owl Facts

Great Horned Owl

The Great Horned Owl is an amazing, adaptable bird. They are nocturnal, sitting high up on a roost to spot their prey. Once they’ve spotted their target, they quickly fly after it without making a sound. They are so adept at moving silently, you might not get to see one; but I bet you have heard their hooting. They […]

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Eastern Redbud Tree: First Signs of Spring to Come

Redbud flowers on branches with the previous years' seedpods

The bright pink flowers clustered on the branches of the eastern redbud (Cercis canadensis) are a sign that spring is just around the corner. In a sea of brown and grey in the landscape, these trees really stand out in the last few weeks of winter and early spring. Redbuds bloom as early as late February through […]

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Management Notes from Tara: What Tara Hunters Want!

Thomas Merton wrote that “October is a fine and dangerous season…a wonderful time to begin anything at all…you go to college and every course in the catalog looks wonderful.” Well, the compatibility of Merton’s quote to a hunter’s perception of October is clear. For bow hunters, October marks not only the onset of hunting season […]

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