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Arkansas Wildlife

Posted by | Sep. 7, 2011 | Arkansas Out-of-Doors

Wildlife is acclaimed frequently for its beauty and sometimes for its rarity, while other wildlife is sought for the thrill of the hunt and sport.

Regardless of the reason, wildlife enthusiasts at the AWF share a mutual interest in conserving the wildlife of Arkansas, for the benefit of future generations.

Arkansas contains a diverse array of wildlife and plants. A list of many of the species of plants and animals in the different areas of Arkansas, along with vast information about them can be found at E-nature.  You may not have known but Arkansas contains many threatened and endangered species. For a summary of the endangered species act and its history go here.

For resources relating to sportsman in Arkansas including   places to hunt and license info look under the previous section for hunting and fishing in Arkansas.  Montana hunting and fishing journal contains vast information including pictures on nearly all game species in America.

Hiking

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Arkansas contains an array of wilderness areas ideal for outdoor hiking activities.  Whether you desire to go for a nature walk, or spend multiple days in the backcountry, there is something for everyone in Arkansas parks.  These wilderness areas provide great opportunities to catch glimpses of the states abundant wildlife.  Browse the sites of Arkansas Wildlife refuges, National parks, State parks, and Forests, to get feel for the many hiking opportunities that await you in Arkansas.

Bird Watching

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Birding is something that is appreciated by people from all walks of life.

Birds are a very diverse group of creatures with over 10,000 species known to exist in the world.  Many birds are known to have strange and captivating mating behaviors and are found in all sizes, shapes, and colors, imaginable.  The largest bird alive today is the ostrich which can reach up to 8 feet tall.  The bird with the largest wingspan is Great Albatross with wingspan of 12 feet. However the largest flying birds that ever lived are known as teratorns.  They were large birds of prey related to storks and Condors with some having wing spans of over 26 feet!

There are many opportunities to go bird watching in the State of Arkansas. For good birding sites in Pulaski County go here.   

The wildlife refuges in Arkansas provide a good chance to see some of the states birds as well. This link will tell you the abundance of each bird seen by season at each wildlife refuge in the state of Arkansas. To learn about rare species recently spotted in the state, phone the Audubon Society of Central Arkansas hotline at (501) 753-5853.

Ivory-billed Woodpecker

Ivory billed woodpecker
Colorized digital image of ivory-billed woodpecker at nest.
© George M. Sutton/Cornell Lab of Ornithology

The Ivory-billed Woodpecker was rediscovered in Arkansas in Cache River National Wildlife Refuge in 2005 after it had been ruled extinct for over 60 years!  Now the woodpecker is back on the endangered species list and will receive all the protections that go along with being an endangered species.  The U.S Fish and Wildlife service wrote a short piece on the rediscovery of the bird in April of 2005.  The Cornell lab of ornithology maintains an Ivory-bill resource site with a lot of media including video, pictures, and recordings of the Ivory-bill Woodpecker, past and present. There has been over 600 credible sightings of the Ivory-bill Woodpeck as recently acknowledged by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services and the United States Justice Department.

The Ivory-billed Woodpecker is the largest woodpecker in the U.S. and the second largest in the world. Currently the Ivory-bill Woodpecker is in danger once again because of a massive irrigation project called the Grand Prairie Areas demonstration Project, which is aimed at removing large amounts of water from the White river.  The White river flows into the Cache River refuge, and feeds the Ivory-billed Woodpeckers nesting trees along with the rest of its delicate habitat.

Recent developments have temporarily halted the Grand Prairie project due to efforts in the courts on the part of NWF and AWF.  A judge ruled in July of 2006 that the Army corps had not conducted adequate habitat impact assessments to the Ivory-bill Woodpeckers habitat, and ordered them to determine whether water withdrawals will affect the Ivory-bills habitat. Additionally, there has been other sighting noted of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker in east Louisiana and east Texas. The wetlands of eastern Arkansas, eastern Louisiana and Texas were originally the primary habitat for the Ivory-billed Woodpecker and efforts are underway by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service in coordination with several major universities to rediscover the Ivory billed woodpecker and protect its habitat.  

Hunting and Fishing

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Get Outdoors!

Go to Arkansas Game and Fish Commission web site for information on hunting and fishing activities.

The state of Arkansas has vast natural resources and innumerable things to do outside. Here are few of the many opportunities:  

Waterfowl

Waterfowl are a very popular game species in Arkansas.  Duck hunting has become one of Arkansas most treasured hobbies with over 100,000 duck hunters living in the state alone.  Also, the State of Arkansas boasts the largest concentration of wintering mallards in North America.

One of the recent AWF accomplishments includes the acclaimed report titled “Improving the Quality of Duck Hunting in Arkansas”.  This report is a response and an analysis to the poor duck hunting season in 2002-2003, and resulted out of a desire to better manage duck hunting in the state.  A summary of the recommendations in this report can be found here.

Hunting and Fishing Opportunities

Hunters and anglers can obtain their Arkansas state hunting and fishing permits and licenses here; also a wealth of other hunting and fishing related information from the state exists there as well.  In addition there are many parks and wildlife areas to go hunting and fishing at in the state. 

To view hunting and fishing opportunities at U.S Fish and Wildlife refuges in Arkansas go here.  The Arkansas game and fish commission maintains many Wildlife Management Areas, (WMA) with many hunting and fishing opportunities .  The Ozark St. Francis National Forests have other outdoor opportunities as well.  Other hunting and fishing opportunities exist in the Buffalo National River, Lake Ouachita , and DeGrey Lake Resort State Park . Finally this link can help you locate other hunting and fishing areas in the state or Arkansas.

Additional Note for Hunters and Fishers
Global warming is an issue that all sportsmen should be concerned with because of the potential catastrophic consequences it poses to wildlife habitat and their beloved game species. To learn more about what global warming means for hunters and fisherman go to the global warming section of this site.

Achievement Awards

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Governor’s Conservation Achievement Awards

The Annual Governor’s Conservation Achievement awards are designed to honor individuals, organizations and businesses that have gone beyond the call of duty to promote the conservation of our natural resources. Each year, the Arkansas Wildlife Federation invites the Governor of Arkansas to speak at the Governor’s Conservation Achievement Awards Banquet and present the conservation  awards.

Banquet Flyer 2013

The following conservation awards may be given annually:

  1. Harold Alexander Conservationist of the Year Award
  2. Rex Hancock Wildlife Conservationist of the Year Award
  3. Carol Griffee Conservation Communicator of the Year Award
  4. John L. Gray Forestry Conservationist of the Year Award
  5. Water Conservationist of the Year Award
  6. Conservationist Organization of the Year Award
  7. Corporate Conservationist of the Year Award
  8. President’s Award
  9. Educator Conservationist of the Year Award
  10. Student Conservationist of the Year Award
  11. * Hunter Education Instructor of the Year Award
  12. * Boating Education Instructor of the Year Award
  13. * AGFC Officer of the Year

 
* – denotes nominations & awards determined by AGFC and not the AWF judging committee

Speakers Bureau

The Arkansas Wildlife Federation offers conservation education programs to civic clubs, churches, hunting and fishing clubs, Boy Scouts clubs, youth organizations, college clubs, local businesses and city agencies. Typically, these presentations are made by AWF board members and officers and staff. The Speakers Bureau is established to provide timely presentations and information on key environmental issues such as:

  • “Practicing Good Environmental Stewardship in Your Home, Office and Community”
  • “Understanding the Impact of Global Warming on our environment”
  • “Tree Huggers and Environmentalists are not the Enemy”
  • “Hunters and Anglers are Frontline Conservationists”
  • “Encouraging Your Company and Employees to be good stewards of the Environment”
  • “Teaching our Children How to Protect the Environment”
  • “Understanding Wildlife Habitat Needs”

Call or email the AWF office at 501-224-9200.

Global Warming

Arkansas Impacts

Wildlife Impacts

Solutions

Legislation and Global Warming

Arkansas Groups Involved in Global Warming

Resources You Can Use

Sportsmen’s Poll

The Arkansas Governor’s Commission on Global Warmig approved final revisions to its report containing 54 recommendations for reducing the state’s contributions to climate change.

The commission’s report recommends that Arkansas adopt goals of reducing greenhouse gas emissions below 2000 levels by 20 percent by 2020, 35 percent by 2025 and 50 percent by 2035.

By John Lyon

AWF Camo Coalition

Sportsmen Camo Coalition

AWF is the largest and oldest wildlife conservation organization in Arkansas with over 4000+ members located throughout every county in Arkansas, as well as members from out-of-state that want to help conserve and protect our natural resources.  AWF has had a long history of more than 75 years of service in promoting the interests, needs, and programs that benefit hunters, anglers and nature lovers throughout the state. AWF invites hunter and angler clubs and camps throughout Arkansas to become a member of the “Sportsmen Camo Coalition” within the Arkansas Wildlife Federation. Each Sportsmen Camo Coalition club will pay a $50 membership dues and have at least 10 members to join. Also, if you are in an area without a hunting or fishing club and wish to join the sportsmen camo coalition, you can join as an at-large member which is still only $5 annual membership dues.

Through the Sportsmen Camo Coalition, each member will receive the bi-monthly newspaper  Arkansas Out-of-Doors which keeps members informed of key issues and programs impacting Arkansas wildlife and wildlife habitats. Additionally, each Camo Coalition Club and its members will receive special mailings and email alerts from AWF on legislative issues at the state and national levels that impact hunting and fishing practices.

AWF encourages local Sportsmen Camo Coalition Clubs to send in articles for the Arkansas Out-Of-Doors and to keep AWF informed of issues and needs of hunters and anglers throughout the state.  These Sportsmen Camo Coalition Clubs become the eyes and ears of the Arkansas Wildlife Federation in promoting, protecting, and enhancing wildlife and wildlife habitats, and the natural resources of Arkansas for present and future generations.

There will be an annual meeting of the Sportsmen Camo Coalition Clubs usually held each August during the AWF annual meeting that offers workshops, seminars, and sporting exhibits of interest to hunters, anglers and other outdoor sportsmen. AWF invites hunting and fishing clubs or camps to join the Sportsmen Camo Coalition Club of the Arkansas Wildlife Federation in helping keep Arkansas as “The Natural State.”

Mother Nature

Giving Mother Nature a Helping Hand

A Conservation Competition Program Involving middle and high schools in Arkansas

Purpose: This important conservation competition program is designed to encourage and involve school children in elementary, middle and high schools to participate in developing conservation projects to improve and enhance the environment.  The Arkansas Wildlife Federation with the assistance of the National Wildlife Federation, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, Arkansas Department of Natural Resources, local colleges, universities, and local school officials throughout Arkansas will provide materials and guidelines to assist schools to select, prepare and submit their conservation projects. The Arkansas Wildlife Federation will seek corporate partners to assist the schools in providing seed funds to develop their projects and the cost for conducting this competition. Corporate partners will be invited to participate on the judging panels and be a part of the awards recognition program at the county, regional and state level as sponsors of this event. Awards and cash prizes will be given to 1st place, 2nd place, and 3rd place winners in all three school levels – middle and high schools. Also, schools who are not winners in these three awards categories will receive Honorable Mention recognition for their efforts to develop meaningful conservation projects for their community or county. The Arkansas Wildlife Federation and its partners strongly believe this conservation competition program will encourage students to consider academic studies and careers in environmental sciences. These conservation projects encourage students to become seriously involved in conservation and environmental projects that enhance our environment and “Give Mother Nature a Helping Hand.”

Youth Conservation Programs

The Arkansas Wildlife Federation is committed to establishing youth conservation clubs in all elementary, middle and high schools throughout the state. Jimmy Reynolds, a member of the AWF Board of Directors and chair of the Conservation Education and Information Committee, is a high school science teacher in Greenwood, Arkansas. Jimmy and Melissa Reynolds are working with the AWF state offices to encourage science teachers in elementary, middle and high schools statewide to begin establishing youth conservation clubs. Below are the requirements and expectations of each youth club.

Each youth conservation club must:

  • Have at least 10 students who will pay the $5 annual membership fee.
  • Have an adult sponsor – preferably a science teacher or parents who would coordinate with the school’s science department and AWF
  • Select and implement at least one environmental conservation project each school year either for their school, city or county where school resides
  • Develop a public awareness project for its community to stress theimportance of protecting the environment – such as clear air, water and soil
  • Select and establish the duties of key officers such as: President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Reporter
  • Provide to the AWF administrative offices a report of their club activities with photos (when possible) that can be placed in AWF statewide newspaper ARKANSAS OUT-OF-DOORS

Here is what the Arkansas Wildlife Federation will do for each youth conservation club:

After they have secured 10 members or more and filed this list with the AWF office with the $5 per membership, AWF will immediately prepare and mail the following materials:

  • Official charter as an approved youth conservation club of the Arkansas Wildlife Federation
  • Membership cards for each membership submitted
  • Organizational materials to form a youth conservation club
  • A planning and information guide called “Conservation Action Guide” written specifically by the National Wildlife Federation to encourage young people to develop local conservation programs for their community
  • Information on establishing Back-yard or School Yard Habitats – an information guide
    produced by the National Wildlife Federation
  • Contact information for the AWF state administrative office as well as a listing of the  AWF Board of Directors.
  • The most recent issue of the Arkansas Out-Of-Door Newspaper which in the
      immediate future will have at least a page about youth  conservation club activities.
  • Information brochures about the Arkansas Wildlife Federation giving its history and activities
  • A visit by an AWF staff member or member of the AWF Board of Directors to  discuss how AWF and each youth conservation club can work together to promote and educate local Arkansans on good conservation practices, protecting and enhancing  wildlife, and wildlife habitat and on being good stewards of our environment.

The Conservation Education and Information Committee and AWF staff are committed to establishing at least 200 youth conservation clubs throughout the state during 2008-2009. AWF is excited and committed to involve at least 1000 to 2000 students in Arkansas promoting and implementing positive conservation programs at the county, city and community levels. Sign up if you are interested in establishing a Youth Conservation Program at your middle, junior high, high school, college or university- at arkwf@sbcglobal.net to seek information and assistance.
You may download the PDF Application here.

Aug
23
Sat
4:00 pm AWF Annual Conservation Achievement Awards Banquet @ The Center of Bryant
AWF Annual Conservation Achievem… @ The Center of Bryant
Aug 23 @ 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Banquet Flyer 2014 Come help AWF honor and reward those who have gone above and beyond for conservation in Arkansas. Banquet also includes a fresh-coked [...]