Arkansas Wildlife Watching


 

 

For those who pursue it, Arkansas
wildlife watching can be about capturing an image, or keeping a list of a
species seen. For some, it means learning more about the life history of a
particular animal. For others, it leads to a greater understanding of and
appreciation for the relationship between a species and its habitat.

 
Arkansas encompasses wetlands,
slow-moving streams, and oxbow lakes on the nation’s largest alluvial plain;
the lower valley of America’s fourth longest river; ridges with a rare east-west
orientation in a range of fold-and-fault mountains known as the Ouachitas;
limestone caves and clear, swift waters in a region of eroding plateaus called
the Ozarks; and the pine-dominated woodlands of a rolling, coastal plain once
covered by the Gulf of Mexico.


 
While some species – for example
the


white-tailed deer



,- are spread across the state
because they can survive in any of those areas, others are closely tied to a
particular habitat. Many of the state’s 16 bat species, two species of
endangered


cave crayfish



, and the endangered

Ozark cavefish

rely on Ozark caves. For its
survival, the threatened leopard darter, a small fish, requires clean, flowing
water such as that found in the upper Cossatot River in the Ouachitas. There is
a


terrestrial snail

known so far to exist only on
Mount Magazine, Arkansas’s highest peak.

 
In addition to Arkansas’s birds,
more than 70 kinds of mammals ( the elk is the largest species of mammal
currently found in the state) , close to 115 reptiles and amphibians and more
than 155


butterflies

are among the species awaiting wildlife watchers within
the state.
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4 comments on “Arkansas Wildlife Watching
  1. Gwen says:

    Words can not express the feeling that Arkansas gives my spirit. It is truly a blessed and magical place, each turn around the bend offers joy to my heart!

  2. Zoie Clift says:

    Thanks for your message Gwen–I agree! Arkansas is an amazing state!

  3. Paul Saldivar says:

    I want to take my wife to Hot Springs, Arkansas as a surprise but I am lost on what to even do there. Any ideas or suggestions? We like animals and the lake, as well as massages.

  4. Zoie Clift says:

    Hi Paul! You are not lost–actually you completely described what can be found in Hot Springs with your mention of animals, lakes, and massages. For starters, an option for a massage can be found at Quapaw Bathhouse on Bathhouse Row. The Buckstaff also offers massages. Or if you want to drive around 40 minutes to Mount Ida, there is Turtle Cove Spa which overlooks Lake Ouachita. Hot Springs National Park is one of the nation

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