Pearl River Waterfowl Refuge and Wildlife Management Area Birding & Wildlife Viewinglast updated: June 2016

Pipeline Road in the Pearl River Wildlife Management Area has become a favored drive for birders in the vicinity of Jackson. Around 200 species have been recorded along this unpaved but well-maintained road. A user permit from the state Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks is required to enter the area; one can be obtained from any department office or online.
 
Begin the route off Highway 43 on the north shore of Ross Barnett Reservoir. The road in part runs alongside the massive reservoir and into swampy areas, in two miles turning east to parallel the beautiful Natchez Trace Parkway. Most birding is done by simply driving the road and getting out at likely spots to look and listen.
 
Nesting birds in this area include Wild Turkey, Anhinga, Least Bittern, Mississippi Kite, King Rail, Purple Gallinule, Common Gallinule, Red-headed Woodpecker, Pileated Woodpecker, Wood Thrush, Prothonotary Warbler, Kentucky Warbler, Yellow-throated Warbler, and Summer Tanager. American White Pelican and Bald Eagle are seen on and around the reservoir, and a wide variety of ducks can be present from fall through spring.


Contact Pearl River Waterfowl Refuge and Wildlife Management Area Birding & Wildlife Viewing


MS Highway 43
Jackson, Mississippi  39271
Phone: (601) 469-1918

 

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