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Page 13: The splendor of nature in Jackson County

Construction began on the $2.3 million Pascagoula River Audubon Center late last year in downtown Moss Point. (Photo source: WLOX) Construction began on the $2.3 million Pascagoula River Audubon Center late last year in downtown Moss Point. (Photo source: WLOX)
MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX) -

Work continues on the new $2.3 million Pascagoula River Audubon Center in Moss Point. The 10 acre site provides visitors with access to natural beauty in Jackson County. 

Guests can experience wetlands, bayous and boat rides out into the Pascagoula River.

"It's a great footprint here. It is the gateway not only to the nature here, but also to the Pascagoula River," said Pascagoula River Audubon Center Director Mark LaSalle.

An observation deck sits high atop the boat house on Rhodes Bayou. 

"We're proud of this. This is over our boathouse where we offer Pascagoula River tours with McCoy's Swamp and River Tours. Here on the deck, you can see all the habitats on site at the center," said director of education Mozart Dedeaux.

When you walk the path from the visitor's center to the bayou, you are traveling back through time.

"In the early 1900s, it was a trolley line. It served folks in Moss Point and Pascagoula. We kept the feature in our site plan," Dedeaux said.

The center offers a variety of features, including interactive kiosks telling the story of coastal Mississippi. Ecotourism is big business, and this facility should attract people interested in discovering our treasures.

"Eco tourists and nature tourists come here. Our opportunity now is to work together across the Coast to share resources, to market to those people. They really want to go to an area where they can see a lot of nature," according to LaSalle.

The Pascagoula River Audubon Center opens Oct. 15. It is located at 5107 Arthur Street in Moss Point.

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