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Eagle Fest 2014MS Wildlife Rehab logo
Saturday, September 27, 2014
Arkabutla Lake/Dub Patton Area
This fall will host Eagle Fest 2014, slated as a family friendly event to showcase one of our great natural resources – wildlife. The Fest will be held in a profoundly natural and scenic setting, showcasing a variety of interactive exhibits which will highlight imaginative ways to teach children (and adults) of all ag…es the fundamentals of caring for and enjoying nature.
In this Issue: Mississippi’s Creative Economy
Regional Survey Kicks off Bicycle & Pedestrian Plan Update
County Approves Permit System for Hernando DeSoto River Park
Volunteers Needed for DeSoto Greenways and Parks 2014 Kids Outdoor Conservation Camp
Greenways and Parks: Creating Sustainable Communities
Heart Healthy 5k and Fun Walk
Planning Underway for Great Outdoors Month
It was the kid with the rocks that finally did it for Matthew Browning.
Browning was a ranger at Mount Mitchell State Park in North Carolina, and along with the other rangers he had been trained to give a little speech to children caught picking flowers, pocketing shells, or trying to make off with rocks. He explains it like this: “You are supposed to calmly kneel down and say, ‘I saw you picking the flower. That is so pretty! Now think about what would happen if every child picked a flower.’ And then they are supposed to have this moment of guilt.”
Join the DeSoto Greenways for a full week of summer fun!
Arkabutla Lake/Dub Patton
The Desoto County Greenways and the DeSoto County Soil & Water Conservation District will be partnering this summer for the 2014 Kids Outdoor Conservation Camp!
Location is Dub Patton Camp Ground at Arkabutla Lake for 1st-5th grade (grade completed) kids that have a love for nature and learning more about how they can play a part in conservation!
“Doing My Part One Step at a Time” will be the theme this year.
From 8am-1pm each day there will be… Learn more
In this Issue:
DeSoto County Day at the State Capitol
County Looks at Permit System for Hernando DeSoto River Park
DeSoto Greenways and Parks 2014 Kids Outdoor Conservation Camp
Earth Day Celebration Set
Driving Along the Delta Bluffs Scenic Byway
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The MDWFP has put the finishing touches on the 2014 Youth Fishing Rodeo schedule. Fishing rodeos are open to youth ages 15 and under. The schedule is published in the March-April issue of Mississippi Outdoors magazine and can also be found online.
Spring is here and for many boaters it is time to take their boat out of winter storage and put it in the water. Annual boat preparation and maintenance helps to ensure not only safety, but also prevents problems that could keep you off the water when the fishing and boating season heats up.
The MDWFP urges boaters to check that their boat registration is current and that their registration number is present on their vessel. Boaters should inspect their Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs) for compatibility with U.S. Coast Guard requirements. MDWFP Conservation Officers patrol Mississippi’s waterways to ensure that boaters are safe and in compliance with state boat registration, boater education, and Personal Flotation Device (PFD) regulations.
Many sportsmen’s favorite habitat management practices correlate with their favorite hunting season, such as planting fall food plots for deer season. However, other habitat management practices performed during the “off season” are likely more important for meeting the needs of their favorite wildlife species.
Landowners interested in managing their forestland for wildlife and revenue should use the spring season to plan and execute timber harvests. Timber thinning improves residual tree vigor and promotes stand health. Thinning creates openings in the forest canopy that allow sufficient sunlight to reach the ground, stimulating desirable plants that provide food and cover for many species of wildlife.