Important Bird Areas

Camp Robinson Special Use Area

Arkansas

Camp Robinson Special Use Area, owned by Arkansas Game & Fish Commission, is 4,029 ac of primarily oak savannah and prairie in Faulkner County. Prominent features include parts of Lake Conway and a 60 acre nursery pond.

Ornithological Summary

Regularly supports significant densitites of one or more of the bird species considered by Audubon as vulnerable in Arkansas: Hooded Mergansers nest at Nursery Pond. Least Terns feed on Nursery Pond. Osprey and Bald Eagle nest in some years on adjacent Lake Conway. Northern Bobwhite are frequently stocked on the area. Bell's Vireo, Bachman's Sparrow, and Prothonotary Warbler nest. Red-headed Woodpecker winter. Sedge Wren and Marsh Wren common fall migrants. Yellow Warbler and Chestnut-sided Warbler spring migrants. Black-throated Green Warbler and American Redstart common spring and fall migrants. Site includes one or more outstanding examples of the following special bird habitats: Upland Hardwood Forest and Artificial Impoundment. Site provides important, bird-specific educational opportunities: Dr. Jim Bednarz from Arkansas State University, Dr. Vickie McDonald from University of Central Arkansas, and groups from Arkansas Tech, Pulaski Tech, and University of Arkansas at Little Rock use the area for bird studies and workshops. This site is important for Arkansas birds because the area is frequently burned and mowed to maintain its suitability for field trials. This creates long term breeding habitat for Bachman's Sparrow and Bell's Vireo. Osprey and Bald Eagles nest on Lake Conway adjacent to the site. Excellent wintering site for Sparrow - Field, Fox, White-crowned, White-throated, Chipping, Vesper, Savannah, Swamp, Lincoln's, Song, and Dark-eyed Junco. Occassionally Le Conte's Sparrow. Prothonotary Warblers, Wood Ducks, and Hooded Mergansers nest around Nursery Pond and Lake Conway. Least Terns feed on Nursery Pond and Virginia Rails and Soras use Nursery Pond during migration.

Conservation Issues

Although management occurs at Camp Robinson SUA, it is not necessarily targeted at birds of conservation interest besides the Northern Bobwhite. Collaboration with Arkansas Game & Fish Commission to develop plans for species such as Bachman's Sparrow is desirable.

Ownership

Camp Robinson SUA is owned and managed by Arkansas Game and Fish Commission for the purposes of wildlife management, hunting, and other recreational activities.

Habitat

Prairie and upland hardwood forests are actually a mix of oak savannah.

Land Use

Aquaculture occurs on the site and is a nursery pond that is filled year round and stocked approximately half of the year.

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