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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 Namesort ascending Status Priority Counties IBA Criteria
Cherokee Prairie Recognized State Franklin D1, D3
Charlie Craig State Fish Hatchery Recognized State Benton D1, D3, D5
Camp Robinson Special Use Area Recognized State Faulkner D1
Camp Nine Recognized State Desha D1, D3, D4i, D4ii, D4iii, D4v, D4vi, D5
Cache-Lower White Rivers Recognized Global Arkansas, Desha, Monroe, Phillips, Prairie, Woodruff D1, D3, D4i, D4ii, D4iii, D4vi
Buffalo National River Recognized State Marion, Newton, Searcy D1, D3, D4i, D4vii, D5
Blackland Prairie Recognized State Hempstead, Howard D1, D3
Bird Island Recognized State Garland D4vii
Big Lake Recognized State Mississippi D1, D3, D4ii
Bell Slough Wildlife Management Area Recognized State Faulkner D1, D3, D4ii, D5
Bayou DeView Raptor Area Recognized State Poinsett D1, D4ii, D4vi, D5
Bald Knob National Wildlife Refuge Recognized State White D1, D3, D4ii, D4iii, D4v, D5
Arkansas Post National Memorial Recognized State Arkansas D1, D3, D5


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