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Eurasian Collared Dove
An easy way to tell the Eurasian collared dove from a mourning dove is by the black collar on their neck. (Photo from Canva Pro)
December 4, 2023

We’ve reached the end of our yearlong series that introduced you to some of Mississippi’s birds! We hope these blog posts have helped you identify and learn more about our feathered friends.

Red-Headed WoodPecker
Red-headed woodpeckers are sometimes called flag birds or jellycoats. (Photo from Canva Pro)
November 3, 2023

Many birds aren’t as easy to identify as red-headed woodpeckers. With their bright red head and neck feathers and loud pecking noise, they surely know how to make their presence known!

A redbird sits on a platform bird feeder full of black oil sunflower seeds.
The type of bird feeder you choose depends mainly on the types of birds you want to see.
October 27, 2023

Want your feathered friends to have a supplemental source of food this winter? Set out a bird feeder for them. There are many types of bird feeders, but they are not all created equal. Check out the common types of feeders and decide which ones will work best in your yard.

Success Stories

A white sign with dark green lettering reads, “Monarch Waystation: This site provides milkweeds, nectar sources, and shelter needed to sustain monarch butterflies as they migrate through North America. Certified and registered by Monarch Watch as an official Monarch Waystation. Create, Conserve, & Protect Monarch Habitats.”
Volume 4 Number 2

See what's new in Extension: a new monarch garden, a storytelling series will begin, the Garden Expo highlights Extension education, and Keep America Beautiful recognizes MSU Extension.

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