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Dahomey NWR is located 15 miles south west of Cleveland, Mississippi. It was established in 1990 when the Nature Conservancy (TNC) purchased 9,269 and leased the land back to the Service for management. In 1993, the Service completed acquisition of the TNC lands. One additional 162 acre tract was purchased by the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) and turned over to the Service in 1991
Most of Dahomey National Wildlife Refuge is bottomland hardwood forest (8,094 acres). It is not uncommon to see flocks of 20 or more turkeys. In winter, 6 different species of woodpeckers can be seen. During the summer, neotropic migrants, such as the Mississippi kite, ruby-throated hummingbird, yellow-billed cuckoo, Acadian flycatcher and hooded warbler can be found here. Wildlife viewing can be
- The refuge is the largest remaining tract of bottomland-hardwood- forested wetlands in the northwest portion of Mississippi. Late winter concentrations of migratory waterfowl reach 15,000. Populations of white-tailed deer and eastern wild turkey attract hunters. Large numbers of neo-tropical migratory songbirds are especially attracted to the forested woodlands in summer months.
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