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VEC to Host Wildflowers Program

Dr. Lelia Kelly, Associate Extension Professor and Consumer Horticulture Specialist for the Mississippi State University Extension Service will present a program about Mississippi wildflowers at the North Mississippi Fish Hatchery Visitor Education Center (VEC) on Saturday, September 12 at 2 p.m. Dr. Kelly will discuss native plant identification, and the benefits of using these plants in the home garden and landscape. Weather permitting, the VEC grounds will be toured to view examples of native plants in the landscape.

Input Sought on Updated State Wildlife Action Plan & Species of Concern

JACKSON—Mississippi’s State Wildlife Action Plan (SWAP) identifies fish and wildlife species of greatest conservation need and assigns conservation actions designed to prevent endangered species listings.

Mallard Pointe Golf Course Reopen to Improved Greens, New Management

JACKSON—Mallard Pointe Golf Course, located in the rolling hills of John W. Kyle State Park in Sardis, is now open for play with all new greens. The championship 18-hole course features striking elevation changes with views of scenic Sardis Reservoir.

June 20th is “American Eagle Day” in Mississippi

JACKSON—Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant has proclaimed June 20, 2015 as “American Eagle Day” in Mississippi. “American Eagle Day” is a commemorative national day to celebrate the Bald Eagle’s symbolism to Americans and its dramatic recovery from the brink of extinction. For over 230 years, the Bald Eagle has served as the living symbol of all that America stands for: Freedom, Courage, Strength, Spirit, Independence, & Excellence. On June 20, 1782, our nation’s Founding Fathers placed this majestic creature, which is unique to North America, at the center of the Great Seal of the United States.

2015 Youth Art Winners Announced

JACKSON--Approximately 350 students from across Mississippi participated in the 2015 North Mississippi Fish Hatchery (NMFH) Youth Art Contest. The first place winners were Crews Marchbanks, Zoey McClain, Anna Cook, and Taylor Pace! Names of winning artists and their artwork can be viewed at

2015 Youth Art Contest Deadline Extended

Students across Mississippi are invited to get outdoors and participate in the 2015 North Mississippi Fish Hatchery Youth Art Contest. The deadline for submission of entry form and artwork to the Visitor Education Center (VEC) has been extended to May 15, 2015.

2015 Youth Art Contest

Students across Mississippi are invited to get outdoors and participate in the 2015 North Mississippi Fish Hatchery Youth Art Contest. Each student must submit a portfolio including entry form and artwork to the MDWFP Visitor Education Center (VEC) by April 15, 2015. ,

VEC to Host Autumn Tree Program

The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks’ (MDWFP) Visitor Education Center (VEC) adjacent to Enid Lake will host a Tree Identification program on Saturday, September 9 at 2 p.m.

Prescribed Burning Program Accepting Applications

Jackson – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks is continuing its partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Foundation for Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks, Wildlife Mississippi, and others to provide cost-share for prescribed burning on private lands. Since its inception in 2011, the “Fire on the Forty” program has provided cost-share funding for prescribed burning on more than 23,000 acres in north and south Mississippi.

Reducing Snake Problems Around the Home

JACKSON—Snakes are as much a part of Mississippi life as mosquitoes, and, in most cases, are harmless, beneficial creatures that eat rodent and insects in residential yards. Of the 42 species of snakes native to Mississippi, only six are dangerous to humans: cottonmouth, copperhead, pygmy rattlesnake, coral snake, timber rattlesnake, and eastern diamondback rattlesnake.

MDWFP Offers New Apprentice License

JACKSON – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks is now offering an Apprentice 3-Day Sportsman License for Mississippi residents. The license fee is $7.00 and includes All Game Hunting and Fishing, Fall and Spring Turkey Hunting, and Archery/Primitive Weapon privileges.
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