Watchable Wildlife 

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What is Watchable Wildlife?

Watchable wildlife includes a wide array of state animals, some as common as a familiar bird at a backyard feeder. Others may pass briefly through Arkansas on seasonal migrations. And, some rarely seen species may reward the dedicated viewer after hours of patient waiting and watching.

Watchable wildlife also describes an increasingly popular pursuit for many residents. Wildlife viewing is a pastime that can be enjoyed in any season, in any corner of the state, by any age group. Special equipment is not required; wildlife watchers need to come equipped only with a sense of appreciation for the state's living resources and the knowledge of where to look for them.

Wildlife viewing has become one of the fastest growing outdoor activities in the nation. We hope you will find this information helpful in enjoying Arkansas’s Watchable Wildlife.


Wings Over Arkansas

Wings Over Arkansas is an award-based program recognizing bird watchers’ contributions to Arkansas’ outdoors. Start a checklist of birds you've seen and receive a decorative pin and certificate identifying your level of birding experience.


Arkansas Water Trails

Paddling sports are among the fastest growing recreational activities in the United States. Arkansas Water Trails develops public paddling trails throughout the state, creating well-mapped accessible day trips in a variety of settings and for all levels of paddling experience.


Wildlife-viewing Areas

Arkansas is divided into six natural regions or divisions. The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission has many hiking trails, water trails, and auto tours to appreciate the wildlife in each division. We've also selected some of the best wildlife management areas, state parks and other public lands for viewing wildlife in our Wildlife-viewing Area database. Click below to get started. 


Viewing Tips and Ethics

Wings Over Arkansas is an award-based program recognizing bird watchers’ contributions to Arkansas’ outdoors. Start a checklist of birds you've seen and receive a decorative pin and certificate identifying your level of birding experience.