LITTLE ROCK, AR (KAIT) - Audubon Arkansas has designated 29 areas across the state of Arkansas, including areas in Region 8, to serve as habitats for birds.
According to the Audubon Arkansas Director, Dr. Dan Schieman, the areas can be national wildlife refuges, national parks, or even private farms, ranches or reserves. The hope is that these areas will help birds that struggle with changing habitats. Some of the specific species of birds that that are a concern in the state are the Red-Cockaded Woodpecker, Trumpeter Swan, Northern Bobwhite, King Rail, American Woodcock, Swainson's Warbler and Rusty Blackbird.
The 29 Arkansas Important Bird Area are:
Charlie Craig State Fish Hatchery at Centerton, Flint Creek Power Plant near Gentry, Cherokee Prairie south of Ozark, Fort Chaffee, Pine-Bluestem Area near Waldron, Blackland Prairie west of Hope, Millwood Lake, Little River Bottoms southwest of Hope, Ozark National Forest, Mount Magazine, Lake Dardanelle, Holla Bend NWR, Bird Island On Lake Ouachita, Bell Slough WMA near Mayflower, Camp Robinson SUA east of Mayflower. Magness Lake near Heber Springs, Bald Knob NWR, Big Lake near Manila, St. Francis Sunken Lands WMA near Trumann and Jonesboro, Bayou DeView Raptor Area southwest of Jonesboro, Wapanocca NWR near Marion, Pine City Natural Area near Clarendon, Stuttgart Municipal Airport, Cache-Lower White Rivers, Warren Prairie Natural Area, Shugart/Felsenthal between El Dorado and Crossett, Choctaw Island WMA near Arkansas City, Lake Chicot and Overflow NWR near Crossett.