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Ernest Rice WMA
Site Description and Habitats
The area contains 2000 acres of mature bottomland hardwood forest. There is also 500 acres of early successional fields, reforestation, and some farmland. Access is by a primary all weather gravel road. Roads are well maintained. Access may be limited by the level of the Mississippi and Obion Rivers, which can flood over the roads. Do not attempt to drive through flood waters.
Bird species of interest
Summer: Summer Tanager, Acadian Flycatcher, Prothonotary Warbler, and Mississippi Kites. A large rookery of mostly Great Egrets and some Great Blue Herons is in the southeast corner of the WMA in the woods and is fairly inaccessible. Warbling Vireo and Baltimore Oriole can be found in flooded areas and near the river, which is also tough to get to.
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