You are here

Urban and Backyard Wildlife

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Publications

Publication Number: P2402
Publication Number: P3044

News

Bats on a tree limb
Bats may look spooky to some, but they perform critical tasks in the environment that help humans, including pollinating plants, distributing seeds, and controlling insect pests.
October 25, 2022 - Filed Under: Insects, Natural Resources, Wildlife, Urban and Backyard Wildlife

Bats have long been associated with Halloween, and this has fostered many myths about them. They may look spooky to some, but they perform critical tasks in the environment that help humans. The 1,400 species that are spread across six different continents serve an important purpose in our ecosystem. They pollinate plants, distribute seeds, and control insect pests, including mosquitoes. Fifteen different species of these small mammals live in Mississippi.

Ruby throated hummingbird on a leaf.
Ruby throated hummingbirds beat their wings 50 times a second! (Photo from Canva)
September 16, 2022 - Filed Under: Urban and Backyard Wildlife

Hummingbirds are fascinating little creatures and are adored by many people. If you’re a hummingbird lover, you’re probably giddy to have them flock to your yard again this season. 

Joro Spider
June 17, 2022 - Filed Under: Urban and Backyard Wildlife

You may have recently heard about joro spiders on the news. The gigantic yellow spiders are creepy enough to give anyone the heebie-jeebies! The good news about these spiders is that they have not shown up in Mississippi yet. 

Turtle crossing the road
The best thing to do is help turtles cross the road, but only do this if you can do so safely and without disrupting traffic. (Photo by Canva)
May 6, 2022 - Filed Under: Wildlife, Urban and Backyard Wildlife

In the South, there’s a legend that says rain is on the way any time you see a turtle cross the road. There’s very little truth to this myth, even though it does seem like rain is in the forecast after we see one of these creatures slowly making its way across the street. 

Baby bunnies on log.
It’s best to leave the animal in its intended environment to be raised. (Photo by Canva)
March 29, 2022 - Filed Under: Natural Resources, Urban and Backyard Wildlife

Spring is when we see a lot of baby wildlife. You’ll likely start seeing young animals tagging along behind one or both their parents, and boy, is it cute.

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.”
Wildlife Youth Education, About Extension, Master Gardener, Insects, Lawn and Garden, Flower Gardens, Herb Gardens, Places for Wildlife, The Story of Plants and People, Vegetable Gardens, Urban and Community Forestry, Urban and Backyard Wildlife, Wildlife Economics and Enterprises
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.

Listen

Tuesday, June 30, 2020 - 6:00am
Tuesday, August 13, 2019 - 7:45am
Friday, May 18, 2018 - 2:00am

Select Your County Office

Your Extension Experts

Portrait of Dr. Leslie M. Burger
Associate Extension Professor
Portrait of Dr. Adam Rohnke
Extension Specialist I