Watchable Wildlife

Queen Wilhelmina State Park in Mena will have their annual butterfly count Saturday, July 15. The park is surrounded by the Ouachita National Forest, and is located atop 2,681-foot Rich Mountain, Arkansas’s second highest peak. The count will start and end at the Wonder House on site, a historic vacation home built in the 1930s …
The Grassy Lake Water Trail in the Bell Slough Wildlife Management Area just south of Mayflower is part of the Arkansas Water Trails system, an Arkansas Game & Fish Commission (AGFC) project of mapped water trails throughout the state. The route contains a 3.3 mile loop and 1 mile spur trail you can paddle. The …
An often overlooked urban water trail is available to paddle in Little Rock.  Fourche Creek flows for around 25 miles through the southern part of  the city. “I’ve had the opportunity to float Fourche Creek many many times,” said Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola during a recent dedication ceremony for the trail. “In the heart of …
This month brings two great events for kids of all ages to enjoy in the Arkansas Delta. On February 11, the Mississippi River State Park in Marianna welcomes Raptor Rehab of Central Arkansas. The staff of Raptor Rehab will have several different raptors on-hand during a question and answer session about the feathered predators. Participants …
Wintertime is eagle-watching season, and January brings events and opportunities to go eagle-spotting in Central Arkansas! The main attraction this month is Petit Jean State Park‘s annual Eagle Awareness Weekend, which takes place Saturday and Sunday January 14-15, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. We talked to park interpreter BT Jones, who outlined some of the …
Audubon Arkansas has announced the designation of Important Bird Area (IBA) status for the Buffalo National River, a unit of the National Park System administered by the Department of the Interior. “Important Bird Areas are sites that provide essential habitat for breeding, wintering, or migrating bird species,” said Dr. Dan Scheiman, Bird Conservation Director for …
What’s the best part about March? Warmer weather or Spring Break? Either way you answer, it means more opportunities to get outside and enjoy the wonders of nature. A great way to do that is by visiting one of the Arkansas Game & Fish Nature Centers. The nature centers have outdoor fun, indoor learning centers, …
“Oh, the weather outside is frightful!” It may not actually be frightful, but January in The Natural State can be cold and damp. But that just means we move the fun inside! This January is a great time to visit the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s Nature Centers in the Arkansas Delta. Check out the …
More than 100 trumpeter swans descend on Magness Lake, a small oxbow off the Little Red River, each year. This wintering population of birds flocks to Heber Springs from their Midwestern homes and their arrival makes for an exciting birding experience. Their stay extends from late November through February. These huge, snowy white birds are …
The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s mission is to conserve and enhance Arkansas’s fish and wildlife and their habitats while promoting sustainable use, public understanding and support. I’m proud to live in a state that’s celebrating a century of conservation. Arkansas is The Natural State and the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission works diligently to …