From the shores of the Mississippi River to the battlefield at the military park, Vicksburg is teeming with unique species of wildlife. The area is known as a hotspot for migrating and breeding birds and is home to an abundant amount of waterfowl, deer and crawfish. And let’s not forget some of the biggest alligators around can be spotted lurking in the waterways. Depending on what time of year you come, Visit Vicksburg recommends you keep your eyes peeled for some of these beautiful creatures.
These armor-plated jumping animals are originally from Central America, but have since made their way into the Deep South of the U.S. If it’s your first time in the lower part of the country, chances are this could be your first chance to see an armadillo in person.
The American alligator loves freshwater rivers. On average, these gators are well over 500 pounds and measure anywhere from 10 to 15 feet long. If you do happen to see one, you’ll definitely want to be careful to keep a safe distance!
While strolling through the Vicksburg National Military Park, you might just come across a bobcat. You can tell them apart by their short, stubby tails and beige fur, which might have spots or line markings.
Did you know that Bald Eagles live year-round along the southern portion of the Mississippi River? These majestic birds, also known as the emblem of the United States of America, can be seen soaring through the sky, nestling in trees or hunting down prey. In fact, bald eagles are spotted almost daily at Eagle Lake, which is just a short 30-minute drive north of Vicksburg.
During breeding season, it’s common to see a Mississippi Kite flying overhead. And no, we’re not talking about the colorful kids’ toys. These small birds of prey have hooked bills, long, pointed wings and a mixture of black and gray feathers.
The Mockingbird is the official Mississippi State bird, so bird watchers will definitely want to keep an eye out for this one. These native creatures are most commonly identified by their long tails, small heads and distinct white patch found on each wing.
Which Vicksburg Animals Will You See?
While you’re out and about in Vicksburg, you never know what type of animals you might see. Remember, these are just some of the species you might find. Vicksburg is a designated Important Bird Area (IBA) as declared by the National Audubon Society, and over 180 species have been identified in the Vicksburg National Military Park alone. To learn more about the area, contact Visit Vicksburg today.