AGFC, partners offer new experience for birding community
Dec. 7, 2022
LITTLE ROCK — Birders and other wildlife-watching enthusiasts have a great new way to participate in outdoor recreation, thanks to the creation of a special Natural State-specific online gateway to Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology’s eBird birdwatching system.
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.