Best Time to Visit This Site:

Migration, Winter

Most Sought Species at This Site:

Mississippi Kite, Chuck-will’s-Widow, Brown-headed Nuthatch, Sedge Wren, Prothonotary Warbler, Painted Bunting

The Escatawpa River Observatory is situated on a high bluff overlooking the Escatawpa River at the Jackson County Mississippi Welcome Center on Interstate 10 (west-bound lane).

It is maintained as part of the Grant Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Most of the species typical of southern mixed hardwood forest and bottomland hardwood forest can be found in the surrounding woodlands. Swallow-tailed Kite and Mississippi Kite are seen regularly in season. This is a fairly new site and its potential has not been fully explored but it is certainly well positioned to monitor migratory movements. It could well become the location of coastal Mississippi’s first dedicated hawk watch. When you visit be sure to stop by the adjacent Welcome Center. It has a wealth of material on the many recreational and cultural opportunities available in Mississippi.

GPS: 30.46185 -88.43756


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Updated: 9/17/2013