Pascagoula River Center preserves wildlife

Pascagoula River Center preserves wildlife

MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX) - A beautiful nature center in Moss Point is dedicated to preserving wildlife and telling the story of the Pascagoula River.

The Pascagoula River Audubon Center in Moss Point puts nature on full display. The center tells the story of the Pascagoula River basin and all the plant and wildlife that call it home.

A series of piers lead visitors deep into the environment, and exhibits in the visitors center showcase the ecological wonder of the Pascagoula River.

"It's the last large, free-flowing river in the lower 48 states. Our focus is on engaging people and tell them about, not just the birds, but all the wildlife on this river," said Center Director Dr. Mark LaSalle.

The center does a wide variety of things to protect wildlife. They recently hosted a training session with the wildlife Center of Texas, and Chevron in Pascagoula brought in their rehab unit. Volunteers were trained how to respond to birds impacted by an oil spill.

The Wildlife Center of Texas has vast experience responding to oil spills and the impact on birds.

"I've responded to more than 65 oil spills, I've seen a lot of things. Our knowledge helps us be successful with what we do, Our veterinarians help to make sure these animals bet back into the wild," according to Sharon Schmalz, with the Wildlife Center of Texas.

Texas A&M University Veterinarian Jill Heatley is teaching Chevron Employees how to hydrate a bird in peril. The first step to recovery in the event of an oil spill is to get fluids into the bird.

Training events underscore the important mission of Jackson County's Pascagoula River Audubon Center.

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