Open Pine Wildlife Study: Field Season in Full Swing

Two weeks into bird point count surveys for my open pine research field season and my technician and I have heard and seen Northern Bobwhite, Hooded Warblers, Yellow-billed Cuckoos, Indigo Buntings, Bachman's Sparrows, Ospreys, Common Yellowthroats, and MANY more. We have also encountered many of the rare carnivorous plants such as the  Pale Pitcher Plant, Parrot's Beak Pitcher Plant, and Dwarf Sundew. Four days into sampling we even got to see an Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake. Other wildlife we have encountered thus far: Eastern Box Turtles, Black Racers, Wild Turkey, Fence Lizards, Brown Anoles, Green Anoles, and I am sure many I am forgetting. We have sampled at Beinville National Forest, Desoto National Forest, Grand Bay National Wildlife Refuge, and some private lands as well. Tomorrow is Sandhill Crane National Wildlife Refuge! Will keep updating everyone with interesting finds and pictures! 

Taylor 

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Tags: Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake, Mississippi, bird point counts, field season, longleaf, open pine, research

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Comment by Greg Wathen on May 27, 2014 at 9:44am

Great photos Taylor - thanks for the update, and good luck with the rest of your field season!

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