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Help the AGFC track the Monarch migration

April 4, 2018

LITTLE ROCK - Millions of monarchs spent all winter clinging to oyamel fir trees in just a few acres in the mountains of central Mexico. Now they are moving north across the eastern United States and several have already been spotted in south and central Arkansas. Learning where they take a breather during this migration is vitally important to conservationists and biologists throughout the nation, and the public can help.

New state crayfish discovered, named for AGFC biologist

April 4, 2018

BENTON – National researchers publish paper revealing new crayfish species with scientific name honoring AGFC Biologist Brian Wagner.

Tracking trumpeter swan leads back to Iowa research group

Jan. 31, 2018

HEBER SPRINGS – Teamwork between wildlife photographers, birders and others around the country determined that a collared trumpeter swan spotted in Cleburne County recently was part of a tracking survey that began last summer in Iowa.

As Karen Rowe, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s nongame migratory bird program coordinator, said, “It literally took a village to find out where this bird had originated.”

New bill may mean renewed nationwide dedication to nongame and game species

Dec. 20, 2017

Rumblings of a new conservation movement have been heard in the U.S. House of Representatives for months. Thanks to bipartisan support from Representatives Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE) and Debbie Dingell (D-MI), the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act has been introduced. The bill proposes to devote additional money to wildlife conservation throughout the U.S., using money from energy development on federally owned land. 

Arkansas bat species declining from White-nose Syndrome

Oct. 25, 2017

Surveys conducted by researchers across Arkansas last winter found that populations of several species of Arkansas bats are beginning to fall due to the impact of White-nose Syndrome. White-nose Syndrome is a disease that affects hibernating bats and is named for the white fungus that appears on the muzzle and other parts of hibernating bats. The disease is associated with extensive mortality of bats in eastern North America 

Monarch butterflies and other pollinators focus of special summit in Little Rock

Sept. 27, 2017

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will join its partners in the Arkansas Monarch Conservation Partnership to attend the 2017 Monarch and Pollinator Summit, held Oct. 12 at Pulaski Technical College in North Little Rock.

Ozark hellbender restoration takes big step forward

Sept. 6, 2017

The dwindling population of the endangered Ozark hellbender took a positive turn last month when Arkansas Game and Fish Commission biologists released more than 100 of the rare aquatic salamanders to the Eleven Point River.