Arkansas Wildlife Watching



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or 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 butterflie are among the species awaiting wildlife watchers within the state.
The above copy is from the Watchable Wildlife page of Arkansas.com.
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