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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 (http://www.naturalheritage.com/natural-areas/chesney-prairie-natural-area) by photographer Joe Neal. Luck ... Read More

RLA Grant Award Adds to Longview Saline NA

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Friday, August 28, 2015

ANHC was recently awarded a $901,791 Recovery Land Acquisition (RLA) Grant (http://www.fws.gov/endangered/grants/grant-programs.html)from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to acquire land adjace ... Read More

Fireflies: Magical Insects

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Wednesday, August 05, 2015

I have fond memories as a child watching intermittent flashes of brightness in the darkening summer sky. My excitement and anticipation building throughout the hot, miserable daylight hours, until ... Read More

Beatrix Potter: Mycologist, Artist, and Author

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Helen Beatrix Potter (1866-1943) is well-known for her children's books (with characters such as Peter Rabbit and Jemima Puddle-Duck), but few know that the acclaimed children's book author was al ... Read More

Water Quality Sampling at Big Creek

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Tuesday, July 21, 2015

The Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission (ANHC) and the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) recently hosted a field trip to Big Creek Natural Area for visitors and commission ... Read More

Lorance Creek Gets Much Needed Improvements

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Tuesday, July 21, 2015

In 1989, the first lands were purchased in what would become Lorance Creek Natural Area. ANHC and The Nature Conservancy worked together to acquire the open water, cypress-tupelo swamp ... Read More

Volunteer Appreciation/Clean-Up Day at Devil's Eyebrow a Success

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Thirty-two volunteers recently worked with the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission (ANHC), the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (AGFC) (http://www.agfc.com/Pages/default.aspx), and the Bea ... 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

​Commission and Staff Tour of H.E. Flanagan Prairie Natural Area

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Saturday, June 20, 2015

The Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission (ANHC), staff, and friends recently toured H.E. Flanagan Prairie Natural Area in Franklin County. Despite soggy ground from recent heavy rains, parti ... Read More

​Theo Witsell Featured in AP Story About Botany

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Friday, June 19, 2015

ANHC’s botanist Theo Witsell was recently featured in an article published by the Associated Press (AP) in over 100 media outlets across the U.S. and internationally. The article focused on the i ... Read More


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