In 2005, Arkansas made international headlines over a bird: The ivory-billed woodpecker, thought to be extinct for several decades, was allegedly seen and documented in the deep Big Woods. More than half of the land area of Arkansas is forested, and some of those woodlands are deep and dense. In fact, the state is home to a dozen designated wilderness areas, totaling 158,444 acres. Draw a diagonal line from the northeastern corner of Arkansas to the southwestern corner, and you’ll approximate two distinct regions of the state. The northwestern half is mountainous, with the Ozarks to the north and the Ouchitas to the south; the southeastern half of the state is lowland. With Old Muddy as its main eastern border, Arkansas is at the boundary of the Mississippi and Central flyways, so spring and fall are best bets for good birding.

  • Arkansas Birding & Nature Festivals

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BWD Festival Finder

During the peak of bird migration, there's nothing more exciting than attending a birding festival. The birds are spectacular and the people are great. If you haven't tried a festival yet, this is a must-do for next season! Use BWD's Birding and Nature Festival Finder to help you select from the many available in special areas all over the country.
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  • Arkansas Birding Hotspots

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Yellow-crowned night heron by Maureen Allen

Spotlight on Arkansas

Planning a birding trip in Arkansas? Check out the spotlight article from Bird Watcher's Digest. We have a listing of hotspots, target birds, and more, all available in PDF format!
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