Become one with nature

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 wildlife and birds, including the endangered Red-cockaded Woodpecker, the growing herd of elk reintroduced along the Buffalo National River, and in the increasing numbers of American black bears 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 their protection 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 birds and wildlife dwell in unspoiled settings are still plentiful here in The Natural State. We invite you to visit and respectfully observe them, and to cherish the web of life to which we all belong.