Mississippi GEMS

Cat Island Preserve

  1. Cat IslandSite Information Point(s) of Contact: Mississippi Department of Marine Resources, Coastal Preserves Program
  2. Geographic Information:
    1. Narrative Description of the Site: The primary boundary of this 2,802-acre preserve follows the edge of the beach. This large barrier island is made up of subtidal estuarine habitat near shore, barrier island pond/lagoon complex with pine-oak maritime woodland inland, and sea grass beds and mollusk reef off shore. This unique location provides excellent feeding, resting, and wintering habitat for numerous types of migratory bird species, such as the Brown Pelican, White Pelican, and cormorants. This area is also known to be rookery for the least tern and black skimmer. Lands within this Coastal Preserve are either privately, locally, state or federally owned. Much of the property is considered tidal wetlands and is already owned by the state.
    2. Date When Information Last Updated: March, 1998
    3. Location: Harrison County
    4. Area of Influence: Barrier Island and Salt Marsh
  3. Ecological/Cultural Characteristics
    1. Habitat type: A large barrier island with the following ecological communities are expected or known to occur on the island: estuarine subtidal 1) Mississippi sound-sand bottom (near shore) 2) barrier island pond/lagoon complex 3) tidal pass 4) barrier island sea grass bed 5) embayment sea grass bed 6) mollusk reef 7) Mississippi sound algae bed; estuarine intertidal 1) oligohaline or mesohaline marsh 2) barrier island high marsh; other 1) pine-oak maritime woodland.
    2. Rare/Endangered Species:
      1. Nycticorax nycticorax Black-crowned Night-heron
      2. Pandion haliaetus Osprey
      3. Falco sparverius American Kestrel
      4. Sterna antillarum Least Tern
      5. Charadrius alexandrinus Snowy Plover
      6. Malaclemys terrapin pilea Mississippi Diamondback Terrapin
      7. Alligator mississippiensi American Alligator
      8. Paronychis erecta Beach Sand-Squares
      9. Helianthemum arenicola Gulf Rockrose
      10. Polanisia tenuifolia Slender-Leaf Clammy-Weed
      11. Quercus myrtifolia Myrtle-Leaf Oak
      12. Xyris flabelliformis Fan-Shaped Yellow-Eyed Grass
    3. Breeding/Nursery Area: Least Tern Rookery, Black Skimmer Rookery
    4. Migratory Species: This unique location provides excellent feeding, resting, and wintering habitat for numerous types of migratory bird species, such as the Brown Pelican, White Pelican, and cormorants.
  4. Current and Potential Use of the Site
    1. Recreational Use: Boaters and anglers use the area on occasional and seasonal basis for waterfowl hunting (sparingly) and fishing.
  5. Management Status
    1. Land Ownership: Lands within this Coastal Preserve are either privately, locally, state or federally owned.
    2. Existing Designations: Mississippi Coastal Preserve
    3. Management Status: Managed by the Department of Marine Resources Coastal Preserves Program.
    4. Existing Monitoring Activities: Monitored by the Department of Marine Resources Coastal Preserves Program.
    5. Acquisition Potential: Vaguely Active.
    6. Management Needs: The State will manage the area as a coastal preserve. The DMR will have direct responsibility. Much of the property considered tidal wetlands, already owned by the State.
  6. Sources of Information:
    1. Toups, J.A., and J.A. Jackson. 1987. Birds and birding on the Mississippi.
  7. Comments and/or Additional Information on Cat Island: email the Coastal Preserves Manager.

The best defense to prevent medication errors is to take an active role in your own soundness care. There are various efficient medicaments approachable now. Below are a couple of steps about canada drugs cialis. What must patients speak to a physician before taking Cialis? A overall sexual claim among men is the erectile dysfunction. What do you should read about generic cialis canada? Also, think about cialis online canada. Some men take more medicines later in existence and some have sexual side effects that result in erectile dysfunction. Some of medicaments fuel wish. Get in touch with your body and stay healthy for life.