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Don’t be a superspreader; keep bird feeders clean

March 17, 2021

LITTLE ROCK – The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission would like to remind everyone to take the time to keep bird feeders clean and prevent the spread of diseases among the feathered friends you are trying to help. 

Get out for the Christmas Bird Count

Dec. 2, 2020

LITTLE ROCK – Bird-watching enthusiasts across the nation will be keeping their eyes to the skies from Dec. 14-Jan. 5, those are the dates for the 121st annual Christmas Bird Count conducted by the National Audubon Society. 

Bird banding laboratory celebrates 100 years of science

Oct. 7, 2020

LITTLE ROCK — There’s something about the thrill of harvesting mallards in a greentree reservoir that has put it at the top of many waterfowl hunters’ bucket lists. If one of those birds is sporting a band on its leg, that small piece of aluminum is likely to go into a keepsake box to be handed down to children with stories of Arkansas’s famous flooded timber. But bird bands are much more than mementos or status symbols; they’re one of the first “citizen science” projects ever developed for conservation.

‘Wings Over Arkansas’ redesigned and ready to soar

Sept. 30, 2020

LITTLE ROCK – With the fall migration of many bird species beginning, birdwatching enthusiasts and educators are just as excited as the most avid waterfowl hunter, and the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission has a great way to bring more birders into the watchable wildlife ranks. After 20 years the AGFC’s Wings Over Arkansas program has been revamped and is ready to share the outdoors with more people than ever before.

Swallow-tailed kites successfully raise young in Arkansas after 130-year absence

Sept. 16, 2020

FOUKE — With less than a year before his scheduled retirement, Mike Harris, an Arkansas Game and Fish Commission senior technician at Sulphur River Wildlife Management Area, completed a quest that’s been a decade in the making — documenting the first pair of swallow-tailed kites to successfully raise young in Arkansas since 1890. With the help of a live photo from an iPhone, showing adult kites feeding a fledgling, the Arkansas Audubon Society Bird Records Committee confirmed his finding in August.

Celebrate Native Plant Week in Arkansas

April 22, 2020

LITTLE ROCK — The week of April 20-26 is recognized as Native Plant Week, thanks to a proclamation signed by Governor Asa Hutchinson Feb. 10, 2020. The proclamation, promoted by Audubon Arkansas and the Arkansas Native Plant Society recognizes the importance of native plants in bird-friendly communities and beyond.

Christmas Bird Count engages everyone in conservation

Dec. 4, 2019

LITTLE ROCK — The National Audubon Society recently announced the dates for the 120th annual Christmas Bird Count — Dec. 14 through Jan. 5.