Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park


The Audubon Society designated Meeman-Shelby an Important Bird Area in 2006. The 13,476-acre park contains bottomland hardwoods, swamps, lakes and upland forest. There are over 20 miles of trails in the park which offer great opportunities for birding. Over 240 species of birds have been reported from the park. Substantial numbers of neotropical migrants can be found during the spring and fall migrations. Summer breeding birds include cerulean, swainson’s and hooded warblers, Mississippi kites, anhinga, yellow-crowned night-herons and great egrets. In winter, visit Poplar Tree Lake for waterfowl and the boat ramp to the Mississippi River for gulls, ducks, and geese flying over. Owls, woodpeckers, wild turkey and other resident birds are common year-round. For more park and nearby birding locations, view flyer.