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Category: Nature

7 ways my Wild Azalea hike was unlike any other

Labor Day weekend 2019 I hopped over to the Wild Azalea trail at Woodworth Louisiana and did an 18-mile, 3-day, 2-night solo backpacking trek that turned out to be pretty much one of the most fun, challenging, and rewarding pack camping experiences I’ve ever had! So much about […]

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Why are boars suddenly so destructive?

Check out this article by Mississippi State University assistant professor Marcus Lashley. A lot of it is common knowledge to anyone paying even a little bit of attention to their surroundings. We all know that feral pigs are a tremendous threat to pretty much everything. In fact, when […]

Howling in the wilderness

“It [the wilderness] was ready to echo the growl of a bear; the howl of a wolf; or the scream of a panther; but when you get fairly into the middle of one of these grim forests you are surprised to find that the larger inhabitants are not […]

10 worthwhile local conservation projects

Feel the need to do something tangible to help with climate/environment? Here are 10 ongoing opportunities local to Mississippi that are totally doable and totally worthwhile! Pearl Riverkeeper Clean Sweep (September) Mississippi DOT Adopt-a-Highway Arbor Day Tree planting (second Friday in February) Christmas Bird Count (December) American Hiking […]

Pearl river – it’s kind of a big deal !

The Pearl River starts near Nanih Waiya, the legendary birthplace of the Choctaw nation in central Mississippi and runs southeast, gathering the waters of Strong river and Yockanookany before it flows through the Ross Barnett Reservoir and southward into Louisiana, where it subsumes the waters of the Bogue […]

The Mimosas of Quinlivan

I think it’d be pretty hard to drive around southwest Mississippi in early June and not see a Mimosa tree.  Each month seems to have its own distinctive flora, and in June, the peachy pink filamentous flowers are distinctive and the striking bipennate leaflets make the tree look […]