White-topped pitcher plants (Sarracenia leucophylla), a species of carniverous plant, at Splinter Hill Bog, a Nature Conservancy Preserve in Alabama. The Nature Conservancy’s Gulf of Mexico Program is a partnership among our five Gulf State Chapters to accomplish conservation across the entire Gulf ecosystem.  The Gulf Program employs conservation professionals in Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas to restore and protect natural systems and natural areas across political boundaries.
WOPA151210_D019 White-topped pitcher plants (Sarracenia leucophylla), a species of carniverous plant, at Splinter Hill Bog, a Nature Conservancy Preserve in Alabama. The Nature Conservancy’s Gulf of Mexico Program is a partnership among our five Gulf State Chapters to accomplish conservation across the entire Gulf ecosystem. The Gulf Program employs conservation professionals in Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas to restore and protect natural systems and natural areas across political boundaries. © © Carlton Ward Jr.

Places We Protect

Lakeshore Savanna Preserve

Mississippi

This wet pine savanna is home to several rare species.

Once widespread across the south, wet pine savannas are now limited to a very small portion of their historic area due to changing land use. Lakeshore Savanna is a prime example of this ecosystem, and home to a number of rare plants and animals.

TNC is removing non-native plants such as Chinese tallow tree and Chinese privet that out-compete native plants. Prescribed fires stimulate growth of native grasses and wildflowers and limits growth of competing trees and shrubs.

Plants

Night-flowering wild petunia (Ruellia noctiflora) is critically imperiled in Mississippi. Growing to nearly 16 inches tall, the flowers usually open at night and fall by mid-morning. Typically found in wetlands, the plant flowers May to August.

Carnivorous pitcher plants thrive in nutrient-poor soils of wet pinelands. They have adapted to digest insects to meet their need for nitrogen.

Toothache grass was used by Native Americans as a local anesthetic.

Animals

Henslow's sparrow prefers running through the grass instead of flying. Dining on grasshoppers and beetles, these birds thrive in flat fields with tall, dense grass, few woody plants and a dense layer of leaf litter.

Several species of rare crayfish also can be found at this preserve.