Check out a list of Arkansas' at-risk, threatened and endangered species

Arkansas’ Federally Endangered, Threatened, and Candidate Species


  • Gray Bat
  • Indiana Bat
  • Ozark Big-eared Bat
  • Northern Long-eared Bat


  • Interior Least Tern
  • Ivory-billed Woodpecker
  • Piping Plover
  • Red-cockaded Woodpecker
  • Red Knot
  • Whooping Crane


  • Arkansas River Shiner
  • Leopard Darter
  • Ozark Cavefish
  • Pallid Sturgeon
  • Yellowcheek Darter

Freshwater Mussels

  • Arkansas Fatmucket
  • Curtis Pearlymussel
  • Fat Pocketbook
  • Louisiana Pearlshell
  • Neosho Mucket
  • Ouachita Rock Pocketbook
  • Pink Mucket
  • Rabbitsfoot
  • Scaleshell
  • Snuffbox
  • Speckled Pocketbook
  • Spectaclecase
  • Turgid Blossum
  • Winged Mapleleaf


  • Ozark Hellbender


  • Benton Cave Crayfish
  • Hell Creek Crayfish


  • American Burying Beetle
  • Rattlesnake Master Borer Moth


  • Missouri Bladderpod
  • Running Buffalo Clover
  • Harperella
  • Pondberry
  • Geocarpon minimum


Annual Arkansas Endangered Species Day Art Contest

Deadline: April 3, 2020

The 11th Annual Arkansas Endangered Species Day Art Contest provides students an opportunity to learn about endangered, threatened, and at-risk species. Students can express their knowledge, creativity, and support through art work. This contest is organized by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Arkansas Ecological Services Field Office, the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission, and the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission.

Endangered Species Day is a celebration of our nation’s wildlife and wild places. Started in 2006 by the United States Congress, Endangered Species Day is an opportunity to learn about endangered species. The art contest is an integral part of celebrating Endangered Species Day, May 15, 2020.

Your class, school, or district can enter as many entries as you'd like! However, we ask that each student only enter one piece of art. Homeschoolers are also welcome to enter artwork.

The entry deadline for this contest is Friday, April 3, 2020. Entries must be postmarked or emailed by April 6th.

If you have any questions, please contact Melissa Lombardi at (501) 513-4488 or

Subject Matter

Artwork must highlight one or more endangered, threatened, candidate, or federal at-risk species (i.e., mammal, bird, fish, invertebrate, amphibian, plant) found in Arkansas. The list of appropriate species can be found on the left. Click the following hyperlinks for printable lists of appropriate federally listed species and at-risk species in Arkansas.

Visit our Species Info page to learn more about each species in Arkansas.

Entry Requirements (PDF)

  • Image must be a live portrayal of a native federally-listed or federally at-risk species in Arkansas.
  • Artistic liberties may be taken as long as the depiction is a recognizable Arkansas endangered, threatened, or candidate species.
  • The entry may be multi-color, black and white, or a single color.
  • Techniques may include scratch-board, airbrush, printing, paper collage, dry brush, crosshatch, pointillism.
  • Computers or other mechanical devices may not be used in creating artwork. No photography, weak pencil, or computer-generated art.
  • Design entries must be entrant's original, hand-drawn creation and may not be traced or copied from published photographs or other artists' works. Entrants may rely on photographs or published images as guides. However, especially when references are used for the subject(s), the entry must be the entrant's own creation and idea.
  • One entry per student; no entry limit for classes, schools, or districts.
  • See Submission section below for specific submission requirements.
  • Entries must be postmarked or emailed by April 3, 2020.

Categories and Judging

Winners will be chosen in four categories: K-Grade 2, Grades 3-6, Grades 7-9, and Grades 10-12. First, second, and third place winners will be selected from each category, and one overall winner will be chosen.

Each winner will receive a plaque and gift card to Blick Art Materials.

Click to view the 2019 and 2018 winners.

Contest entries will be evaluated by a panel of judges, including artists and conservationists. Contest winners will be notified prior to the end of the current school year (early May).

Art will be judged on the basis of:

  • Concept: How well the work relates to the endangered species theme.
  • Composition: How well the elements of line and form work together.
  • Color: How color enhances the art work.
  • Expression: How imaginatively the work conveys an idea or emotion.


Entries must be postmarked or emailed by April 3, 2020. Your class, school, or district can enter as many entries as you'd like! However, we ask that each student only enter one piece of art.


  • We accept electronic submissions as well as physical.
  • Art must be scanned at a minimum of 300dpi and be a minimum size of 3300 pixels by 2550 pixels (3300x2550).
  • Scanned artwork may look slightly different than the original. Make sure you are happy with the digital copy before submitting.
  • The email must contain the teacher's name, and school name, address, and phone number. The email must also contain the student's name, grade, and species depicted.
  • The title of the picture file must be in the following format: Grade_StudentFullName_TeacherLastName_SchoolName
  • Multiple entries can be sent in the same email.
  • Attachments should total no more than 20MB per email. Multiple emails can be sent to deliver all entries.

Scanned entries should be emailed to


  • The physical size of submitted artwork must be 9" x 12" or smaller and less than ½" thick.
  • Entries should not be matted, mounted, laminated, framed or folded.
  • Chalk and pastel entries should be sprayed with a fixative to safeguard artwork.
  • The entry must have the teacher's (or parent's, if not entering as part of a class) E-mail address and phone number; student’s name, grade, and species depicted; and school name and address on the back of the submission (see sample format).
  • We encourage you to mail multiple pieces of artwork in the same envelope.

Physical entries should be sent to:

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
ATTN: Endangered Species Day Art Contest
110 South Amity Road, Suite 300
Conway, AR 72032

Direct questions to Melissa Lombardi at (501) 513-4472 or


General submissions will not be returned to schools or participants. Though the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will attempt to treat all submitted work with the utmost care, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is not responsible for any damage or loss that may occur during the sending of entries through the mail. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will have permission to use art work for non-profit educational purposes.

Arkansas Field Office
110 S. Amity Road
Suite 300
Conway, AR 72032

501/513 4470 (v)
501/513 4480 (f)

FWS Southeast Region