Birding & Watchable Wildlife

American bald eagle

American Bald Eagle

Arkansas Birds & Watchable Wildlife

Exciting opportunities for birding and wildlife observation are found within easy reach of every Arkansas community, including the state's largest cities.

The success of habitat preservation efforts in The Natural State is evident in several populations of Arkansas wild animals and birds, including the endangered Red-cockaded Woodpecker, in the growing herd of elk in Arkansas reintroduced along the along the Buffalo National River in the northern Ozark Mountains and in the increasing numbers of American black bears in the wild across the state.

Some 400 species of Arkansas birds, more than 155 species of butterflies, and some 20 animals listed as endangered or threatened by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are included in the state's wild menagerie. To aid in the protection of the wildlife and birds of Arkansas and to maximize visitors' enjoyment of the state's wild species, an Ethics & Tips section is included on this site. Many state park visitor centers offer bird lists and wildlife spotting guides to help you make the most of your nature walks.

Places where Arkansas wild animals and birds dwell in unspoiled settings are still plentiful here in The Natural State. We invite you to visit them, to respectfully observe the magnificent wildlife and birds of Arkansas that inhabit them and to cherish the web of life to which we all belong.

Plan a trip to Arkansas to search for wild animal and bird species.