Paul Lang's Cypress
Photo Credits: Jim Besley / USFWS

Before You Go ...

Important Considerations

If you plan to visit birding trails on National Wildlife Refuge lands obtain a specific refuge brochure and review the information and regulations on permitted recreational use. The brochures can be obtained by contacting refuge headquarters.

If you plan to visit birding trails on Arkansas Game and Fish Commission lands or Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission lands review the information on these areas on the AGFC website.

Leave the audio playback equipment at home!

Playback tapes or any method of producing Ivory-billed Woodpecker vocalizations and double knock sounds are not permitted on any of the federal, state, and non-government organization lands in the Big Woods. Producing these sounds could affect Ivory-bill behavior and alter the findings of the ongoing research.

Waterfowl Rest Area / Jason Phillips - USFWS

Waterfowl rest areas

There are waterfowl rest areas on state and federal lands near or adjacent to some of the birding trails. These areas are off limits during the fall and winter months. Specific closure dates and waterfowl rest area information can be found in individual refuge management brochures and on the AGFC website.

Need a Place To Stay?

Lodging accommodations are varied in Arkansas delta region.

The following links provide motel information in several towns in the Big Woods area.

Camping opportunities in and around the Big Woods are varied ranging from primitive sites with no facilities to developed sites with amenities such as year round toilet and shower facilities along with individual camp site electrical and water hook ups.

Primitive camping is allowed with some seasonal restrictions on the White River National Wildlife Refuge. Please refer to the Refuge brochure for camping information.

The following links provide information on campgrounds with additional amenities:

No Job is Complete Until the Paperwork is Done

All of your observations are very important. Quite honestly, your chances of observing an Ivory-billed Woodpecker are remote at best. This should not dampen your desire to contribute to the research effort. Even the Cornell research team has this realistic expectation of their daily work in the Big Woods.

Please take the time to submit all of your bird observations. This information will be shared with all of the conservation partners and contribute to the knowledge and management of Big Woods bird communities.