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Arkansas IBA Contact

Dan Scheiman

Arkansas IBAs by Type

IBA Priority Number Acres
Global 8 2,831,576
State 25 352,033
Total 33 3,183,609

Audubon Arkansas's Important Bird Areas Program was initiated in November 2001 with the establishment of the IBA Technical Committee. Committee members come from federal, state, non-profit, academic, and private organizations, and represent all areas of the state. Likewise, Arkansas's 33 recognized IBAs are located in all regions of the state and represent various types of ownership. Over 3 million acres of bird habitat have been recognized, including bottomland hardwood forest, cypress-tupelo swamp, blackland prairie, pine woodland, and even a fish hatchery. Seventeen state wildlife management areas, 8 national wildlife refuges, 6 natural areas, 3 state parks, 2 national forests, 2 national parks, and numerous private lands are part of the program. Endangered Least Terns use 7 sites for breeding or during migration. Arkansas's IBAs provide habitat for 42 WatchList species and 46 Arkansas Birds of Conservation Interest including: Trumpeter Swan, Buff-breasted Sandpiper, American Woodcock, Red-cockaded Woodpecker, Bachman's Sparrow, Swainson's Warbler, Painted Bunting, and Rusty Blackbird. Audubon Arkansas's IBA program has a solid foundation from which we will build the program through monitoring, conservation, and outreach in collaboration with partner organizations, Audubon chapters, landowners, and volunteers.

Site Name Status Prioritysort descending Counties IBA Criteria
Shortleaf Pine-Bluestem Grass Ecosystem Management Area Recognized Global Polk, Scott D1, D3, D4i, D5
Shugart/Felsenthal Red-cockaded Woodpecker Recognized Global Ashley, Bradley, Calhoun, Drew, Union D1, D3, D4i, D4ii, D4iii, D5
Cache-Lower White Rivers Recognized Global Arkansas, Desha, Monroe, Phillips, Prairie, Woodruff D1, D3, D4i, D4ii, D4iii, D4vi
Holla Bend National Wildlife Refuge Recognized Global Pope, Yell D1, D3, D4ii, D4vi
Wapanocca National Wildlife Refuge Recognized Global Crittenden D1, D3, D4ii, D4iii, D4v, D4vii, D5
Fort Chaffee Recognized Global Crawford, Franklin D1, D3
Ozark National Forest Recognized Global Conway, Crawford, Franklin, Johnson, Madison, Newton, Pope, Searcy, Van Buren, Washington D1, D3, D4i, D4vi, D4vii, D5
Warren Prairie Natural Area Recognized Global Bradley, Drew D1, D3, D4i
Lake Chicot Recognized State Chicot D1, D3, D4ii
Overflow National Wildlife Refuge Recognized State Ashley D1, D4ii
Bayou DeView Raptor Area Recognized State Poinsett D1, D4ii, D4vi, D5
Millwood Lake Recognized State Hempstead, Howard, Sevier D1, D3, D4ii, D4iv, D4vi
Lake Dardanelle Recognized State Johnson, Logan, Pope, Yell D1, D3, D4ii, D4iii, D4iv, D4v, D4vi, D5
Bell Slough Wildlife Management Area Recognized State Faulkner D1, D3, D4ii, D5
Camp Robinson Special Use Area Recognized State Faulkner D1
Choctaw Island Wildlife Management Area Recognized State Desha D1, D3
Big Lake Recognized State Mississippi D1, D3, D4ii
Magness Lake Recognized State Cleburne D1, D4i, D4iii
St. Francis Sunken Lands Wildlife Management Area Recognized State Craighead, Poinsett D1, D3, D4vii, D5
Charlie Craig State Fish Hatchery Recognized State Benton D1, D3, D5


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