Description - The refuge is the largest remaining tract of bottomland-hardwood- forested wetlands in the northwest portion of Mississippi. Late winter concentrations of migratory waterfowl reach 15,000. Populations of white-tailed deer and eastern wild turkey attract hunters. Large numbers of neo-tropical migratory songbirds are especially attracted to the forested woodlands in summer months.
- The refuge consists of 9,700 acres including 1,050 acres of agricultural lands, 8,100 acres of bottomland hardwood forested wetlands, 500 acres in various stages of reforestation, and 50 acres for roads and administrative purposes.
Most of Dahomey's woodlands are wet from November through May from ponded rainfall in shallow depressional areas. Migratory waterfowl use the agricultural areas and a green timber reservoir (GTR) while deer and wild turkey are common in the forest interior and around the edges of the agricultural fields. Flocks of twenty or more turkey are common in the fall and winter.
In the winter, six species of woodpeckers can be seen along with barred owl, great-horned owl and eastern screech-owl. During the summer months, Neotropical migrants such as Mississippi kite, summer tanager, ruby-throated hummingbird, wood thrush, yellow-billed cuckoo, blue-grey gnatcatcher, great-crested flycatcher, eastern wood-pewee, Acadian flycatcher, hooded warbler, prothonotary warbler, Swainson's warbler, white-eyed vireo and red-eyed vireo can be found on the refuge. Dahomey is truly an island of forested wetlands in a sea of agricultural land and represents a vestige of natural habitats in the northwestern part of the state.
Recreation - Dahomey offers opportunities for fishing, hunting (including youth hunts and handicapped facilities), wildlife observation, and photography. There is also an auto tour route, weather permitting. There are small game, deer and spring turkey hunts by permit only. Wildlife viewing can be done from state highways and county roads.
Climate - Mississippi lies mainly in the subtropics. The climate is mild with the coldest months experiencing low temperatures near 40 degrees F. Summer temperatures frequently reach 100 degrees F, with coastal breezes providing cooling relief. Humidity is highest in August and September reaching an average close to 90%. The highest rainfall comes during the spring months, but December and January are wet, too. Expect temperatures in the northeastern region to be somewhat cooler than the rest of the state.
The Dahomey National Wildlife Refuge is located near Grenada, MS. From Cleveland, go south out of town on HWY. 61, at Boyle head west on HWY. 446 through Skene. Refuge properties lie north and south of HWY. 446, 6 miles west of Skene. From Rosedale head south on HWY. 1 through Beulah. Five and a half miles south of Beulah turn east on HWY. 446. Refuge properties lie on the north and south sides of HWY. 446 2.5 miles east of HWY. 1.