The National Audubon Society partners with Bird Life International to identify, monitor, and protect the Important Bird Areas (IBA) in the United States. Tara Wildlife has been designated as an IBA, the only privately owned IBA in Mississippi, since the assessment in 2008 (http://www.audubon.org/important-bird-areas/tara-wildlife-inc). Important Bird Areas are selected based on the criteria set out by Bird Life International, which began the designation in the late 1970’s. An IBA is “of greatest significance for the conservation of the world’s birds” (http://www.birdlife.org/worldwide/programmes/sites-habitats-ibas-and-kbas). Bird … [Read more...] about Tara Wildlife as an Important Bird Area (IBA) for Bird Conservation
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 and habitat for many critters, and opportunities for recreation for us! These are just some of the amazing things about the Mississippi River: #1 There are over 260 species of fish in the Mississippi River and its floodplains. That is 25% of the fish species in all of North America! #2 It is the second longest river in … [Read more...] about 10 Awe Inspiring Facts About The Mighty Mississippi River
Management Notes from Tara 2015/2016 Deer Season Update – High Water Edition By W.H. "Bill" Tomlinson, CWB, RF Let me start off by saying that I have been involved with deer and deer management for my entire life; first as a hunter and then as a hunter turned professional forester/wildlife biologist. You might conclude then, and rightly so, that I am a tormented individual, often questioning facts over emotion; and few things are more emotionally charged than conversations amongst deer hunters. Mark Twain said “Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please.” I once had a Sunday school teacher who was a deer hunter. On … [Read more...] about The 2015-2016 Flood: What Happened to the Tara Deer?
by W. H. “Bill” Tomlinson For the past 25 years, I have been privileged to consult with landowners in at least half of the states in the contiguous United States. Without fail, their primary objectives have been and continue to be the management of their respective properties for wildlife, recreation and aesthetics. Timber management, while an integral and inseparable part of the overall management equation, is often a secondary objective pursued to the benefit of their primary objectives. Responsible stewardship is the common thread that binds this diverse group of landowners and their respective properties together. A common question … [Read more...] about How Can I Make My Property More Productive for Wildlife?
Just outside of Tara Lodge, we established a demonstration native plant garden, with the help and guidance of Audubon’s Gardens Specialist, Kristin Lamberson. Native plants attract and feed native wildlife, including butterflies, hummingbirds, and bees. They also provide places for wildlife to nest and roost. Often these plants are easier to grow, require less maintenance, and many produce beautiful blooms. We made sure to include a variety of plants for food sources at different times of the year, a variety of heights for the requirements of different animal and bird species, and both evergreen and deciduous plants. Here is a … [Read more...] about Native Plants Garden