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Large irruption year brings red-breasted nuthatches to Arkansas

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Friday, December 21, 2018

An irruption is an irregular winter migration or phenomenon in which unusually high numbers of a bird species travel away from habitat within their normal winter range. Typically, irruptions are s ... Read More

Witsell's essay highlights value of artist's work to Arkansas's heritage

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Friday, December 21, 2018

Theo Witsell, ecologist/botanist and curator of the ANHC Herbarium, published an essay entitled “A Valuable Contribution to the Scientific Record” to accompany the Arts and Science Center for Sout ... Read More

Roberts joins ANHC as a land management specialist

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Friday, December 21, 2018

Emily Roberts has joined the ANHC as a part-time land management specialist, a position recently vacated by Kat Abbott. Roberts has a bachelor of science degree in environmental management, with a ... Read More

ANHC Herbarium digitization underway

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Friday, December 21, 2018

by Theo Witsell The ANHC Herbarium was a busy place this summer and fall as a team of from the Central Arkansas Master Naturalists and several interns worked with Collections Manager Brent Baker  ... Read More

ANHC volunteers help out across the state

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Friday, December 21, 2018

ANHC Adopt a Natural Area Program (ANAP) partners and other volunteers have been busy this fall and winter working on natural areas and participating in seed collecting events. We appreciate all o ... Read More

A Tribute to Former Arkansas First Lady Betty Bumpers and H.E. Flanagan Prairie Natural Area

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Monday, November 26, 2018

Former Arkansas First Lady, Betty Flanagan Bumpers passed away Friday, November 23 at the age of 93. While many are familiar with her outreach campaigns for childhood vaccinations and world peace, ... Read More

Wetland Wildlife of Arkansas

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Friday, November 16, 2018

by Dustin Lynch Wetlands are among the most important and imperiled of all ecosystems. Not only are they home to many remarkable species of plants and animals found nowhere else, but they also pro ... Read More

Upland Depression Wetlands in Arkansas

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Friday, November 16, 2018

by Theo Witsell Ancient glaciers that once covered parts of North America never made it as far south as Arkansas. This important fact is largely responsible for the impressive variety of native pl ... Read More

Groundwater-Fed Wetlands in Arkansas

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Friday, November 16, 2018

by Theo Witsell One way wetlands are classified is by the source of their water. Wetlands that get their water from overbank flooding of rivers are different from wetlands that get their water fro ... Read More

Wetland Plant Types and Adaptations

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Thursday, November 15, 2018

by Brent Baker Wetland plants, called hydrophytes, are adapted to living in water or on saturated soil all or part of the year. Wetland plants are generally classified into three main types: emerg ... Read More


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