Important Bird Areas

Sardis Lake

Birds and Habitat:
The 58,000-acre Sardis Lake, owned and managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, provides wintering habitat for Bald Eagles, White Pelicans, a variety of waterfowl, and concentrations of Bonaparte?s, Ring-billed and Herring gulls. The adjoining 3,000-acre Sardis Waterfowl Refuge, owned by the Corps but managed by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks. Waterfowl frequently seen on the lake and refuge include Canada Goose, Black Duck, Mallard, Pintail, Gadwall, Hooded Merganser, Wood Duck, Canvasback, and Ring-necked Ducks. The waterfowl refuge includes managed impoundments to provide food and low-water habitat for ducks along with bottomlands along the Tallahatchie River.

Conservation Management:
As a flood-control reservoir on the Little Tallahatchie River in north Lafayette and Panola Counties, the Corps initiates a draw down on the reservoir near the end of December in preparation for late winter/early spring rainfall. This results in low-water conditions not favorable for wintering waterfowl on the refuge.

Ornithological Summary

Sardis Lake provides wintering habitat for Bald Eagles, White Pelicans, a variety of waterfowl, and concentrations of Bonaparte?s, Ring-billed and Herring gulls. The adjoining 3,000-acre Sardis Waterfowl Refuge, owned by the Corps but managed by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks. Waterfowl frequently seen on the lake and refuge include Canada Goose, Black Duck, Mallard, Pintail, Gadwall, Hooded Merganser, Wood Duck, Canvasback, and Ring-necked Ducks.

Conservation Issues

As a flood-control reservoir on the Little Tallahatchie River in north Lafayette and Panola Counties, the Corps initiates a draw down on the reservoir near the end of December in preparation for late winter/early spring rainfall. This results in low-water conditions not favorable for wintering waterfowl on the refuge.