With more than 45 species of bats in the U.S., bats are important pollinators and help control insect populations. Bats can be found in a variety of ecosystems, and require dark, protected places to sleep and hibernate in winter.
Two subspecies of black bear are found in Mississippi: the Louisiana and American black bear. There are about 80-100 black bears in Mississippi. The population has declined due to land clearing and overhunting.
Hummingbirds and Butterflies
Although the mourning dove is a migratory bird, many doves stay in Mississippi year-round. This popular game bird requires open ground and fields for gathering food and trees and shrubs for roosting and nesting.