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Much to My Shagreen, a Snail Won the Race

In the highest parts of Arkansas' Ozarks, the slow-moving Magazine Mountain shagreen snail has won the race to become the first invertebrate to be have successfully recovered and be removed from Endangered Species Act protection. Read More

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Warren Prairie Natural Area: An Ecological Oasis

In the pine flatwoods of southern Arkansas, surrounded by timber land, sits Warren Prairie Natural Area. Co-owned and managed by the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission and The Nature... Read More

Featured Species in Arkansas

Swallow-tailed kite. Photo credit: Schneider, GA DNR Wildlife Resources Division

Swallow-tailed kite

The rare swallow-tailed kite is considered one of the most threatened land birds currently without federal protection.

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Swallow-tailed kite.

Photo credit: Todd Schneider,
GA DNR Wildlife Resources Division

Winged mapleleaf

The range of the winged mapleleaf once included 13 states where it was found in nearly all rivers and streams feeding into the Mississippi River and in one river flowing into the Missouri River. Today however, the mussel can only be found in limited areas of five rivers in the midwestern United States.

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Winged mapleleaf.

Photo credit: Phil Delphey, USFWS

Ozark Hellbender

The Ozark hellbender is the largest North American amphibian and is found in rivers and streams in northern Arkansas and southern Missouri.

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Ozark Hellbender.

Photo credit: Jeff Briggler, Missouri Department of Conservation

Pallid sturgeon. Photo credit:  Ken Bouc, Nebraska Game & Parks Commission

Pallid sturgeon

Pallid sturgeon are slow growing fish that feed primarily on small fish and immature aquatic insects. This species of sturgeon is seldom seen and is one of the least understood fish in the Missouri and Mississippi river drainages.     More »


Pallid sturgeon.

Photo credit: Ken Bouc,
Nebraska Game & Parks Commission

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The Rediscovery of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker

The Ivory-billed Woodpecker, considered to be extinct by many birders, was rediscovered on Cache River National Wildlife Refuge. Since the discovery, searchers have explored a variety of locations in other states to find the Ivory-bill. They include Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas. More »

Found in Arkansas

  • Harperella. Photo courtesy of Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission

    Harperella (Ptilimnium nodosum) – an annual herb in the carrot family – was first discovered in Arkansas in 1990. It was previously known only to six southeastern states in the United States: Alabama, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, and West Virginia. Since then, the plant has been found growing along 11 clear, swift-flowing streams in the Midwestern part of the state.

    Photo courtesy of Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission

  • Yellowcheek darter. Photo credit: J.R. Shute, Conservation Fisheries, Inc.

    The yellowcheek darter (Etheostoma moorei) is a rare freshwater fish found only in four tributaries of the Little Red River drainage in north central Arkansas. Although once abundant, the yellowcheek darter population has undergone a rapid decline, decreasing by 75 to 90 percent since the 1960s. Habitat loss and degradation is the main factor behind the species' decline.

    Photo credit: J.R. Shute Conservation Fisheries, Inc.

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Last updated: June 4, 2020