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Butterfly Expert Studies Habitat at Terre Noire Natural Area

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Monday, October 30, 2017

As a small state agency with a big mission, the ANHC works in partnership to increase its reach. One of the ways that the ANHC achieves this is by contracting with individuals who are experts in s ... Read More

Prairies, Glades, and Barrens: Rare Habitats for Rare Species

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Wednesday, June 01, 2016

When European explorers and early settlers first came to what is now Arkansas they encountered not an unbroken forest but a diverse patchwork of dense forests, open woodlands, and treeless grassla ... Read More

Natural Feature: Amazing Mysteries of Migration

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Saturday, April 30, 2016

For many people spring begins when birds return, filling neighborhoods and parks with their songs. The annual migration of birds is one of the world's great wildlife spectacles, but migration is n ... Read More

Habitat Restoration Helps Many Species

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Wednesday, April 27, 2016

The Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission (ANHC) uses a variety of techniques to restore lands ( to a different time – a time b ... Read More

Plan Your Next Outdoor Adventure With New Trail Information

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Tuesday, April 26, 2016

ANHC recently updated the information on our website for several of our natural area trails. Trail length, difficulty, ADA accessibility, and descriptions can be found on our Visit a Natural Area  ... Read More

Eight RCWs Released at Warren Prairie Natural Area

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Friday, November 20, 2015

Staff from the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission (ANHC), the U.S. Forest Service (, and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) (http://www.wlf.louisiana ... Read More

Late-Blooming Plants Can Help Fall Migrants

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Many of us associate migration with spring and fall, because the majority of migration is seasonal. In the spring, we plant and tend flowerbeds, and anticipate the colorful blooms that are the rew ... Read More

New Butterfly Record for Benton County

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Friday, August 28, 2015

Recently, a queen (Danaus gilippus) butterfly was spotted at Chesney Prairie Natural Area ( by photographer Joe Neal. Luck ... Read More

Pollinators: Nature’s Essential Helpers

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Monday, June 22, 2015

Pollinators comprise a diversity of wild creatures, from birds and bats to butterflies, moths, beetles, flies, and even the occasional land mammal or reptile. They ensure full harvests of crops an ... Read More

Monarchs Need Native Milkweed

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Thursday, February 26, 2015

Often called the “king” of butterflies, iconic black and orange monarchs are probably one of the most recognized and well-known North American butterflies. Early settlers dubbed them “King Billies ... Read More

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