Partial Closure on Horn Island
Small portion of Horn Island, Mississippi, closed to entry due to discovery of asbestos and possible other bio hazards. Click on more for map and press release. More »
Shorebirds Nesting Near Roads - 20 mph
Shorebirds are nesting near roads and cross the road regularly. Observe posted speed limits and be alert for tiny birds on the roads. Last year 155 birds were killed on park roads, help us reduce the mortality rate of these beautiful birds and go slow.
Volunteer of the Year Award
Contact: Nina Kelson, 850-934-2604
Jack Madison Recognized as the Southeast Regional
National Park Service Volunteer of the Year
Biloxi, Mississippi native, Jack Madison, was recognized on March 28th as the recipient for 2011 Southeast Region National Park Service Volunteer-In-Parks Award for his 25 years of outstanding service. Mr. Madison, a former Bell Telephone supervisor, began volunteering in 1986 in the Mississippi District of Gulf Islands National Seashore.He continues to board the Ship Island Ferry out of Gulfport to greet visitors and give tours of historic Fort Massachusetts located on West Ship Island.During his volunteer service he was recruited as a National Park Ranger for several summer seasons but decided he enjoyed more time off during the hot weather. Jack is married to Marilee Madison, a former Biloxi High School history teacher.She was employed by Eastern National to oversee the park's bookstore but later volunteered at Gulf Islands as well.Both Jack and Marilee enjoy traveling to National Parks, attending Elder Hostel programs, and visiting with their three daughters and grandchildren.
Did You Know?
The 2nd Regiment of Louisiana Native Guards trained on Ship Island and became the first black unit on April 9, 1863 on the Gulf Frontier. They met Confederate forces in battle during a raid on Pascagoula, MS.