ARkansas Natural Features
Are you interested in increasing your knowledge of Arkansas’s natural heritage? If so, you are in the right place. Find informative and academic articles featuring information on rare, threatened and endangered species, including Arkansas's native plants and animals. Take an in-depth look at our projects. See how conservation partnerships
help us achieve our goals, get into the science of what we do and learn more about the variety of habitats and ecosystems
found in Arkansas. Articles are added once or twice a month, so check back often!
With the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, we thought you might enjoy some fun turkey facts and trivia.
There are exceptions to almost every rule in nature. Plants need chlorophyll for photosynthesis, which allows them to obtain energy from light. Yet, there is a whole group of vascular, flowering plants that don't need cholorophyll at all.
Only in the past couple of decades have biologists begun to explore the relationship that exists between squirrels and oak trees. What they are revealing is a marvelous mutualism.
The Emerald Ash Borer, an invasive beetle that attacks and kills ash trees, has been found in six Arkansas counties. An emergency quarantine has been implemented in 25 Arkansas counties.
Back in July, ANHC celebrated the rediscovery of broadleaf bunchflower (Veratrum latifolium) in Arkansas and its removal from the "lost" plant list. September brings us more good news, as another missing rare plant has been found.
Migrating monarchs are so lovely and welcome that people pay a lot of attention to them, but they are not the only insects that migrate. Millions of dragonflies also make a journey south each fall. Massive swarms commonly follow the passage of cold fronts.
Monday, September 1 is not only Labor Day, but it also marks the 100th anniversary of the death of the last passenger pigeon in the world.
This year, a long-standing and much-searched-for species has at last been removed from the lost plant list – a rare lily called broadleaf bunchflower (Veratrum latifolium).
July 28 marks the birthday of the well-known children's author, Beatrix Potter. Beatrix's life makes a fascinating program for young students,and makes connections between science, art, literature, and conservation.
Is that a moth or a butterfly? How do you know?
National Pollinator Week occurs annually during the second week of June. Why have communities across the U.S. set aside an entire week to celebrate pollination?
In early April, ANHC botanists Brent Baker and Theo Witsell teamed up with biologists from Fort Chaffee to search for one of the smallest (and rarest) plants in the state.
Upon finding a baby bird, our first impulse is often to adopt the bird and try to raise it. However, in most cases, the young bird does not need our help.
Sometimes also called yellow gentian because it is in the gentian family, American columbo (Frasera caroliniensis) is a monocarpic perrenial, meaning it flowers only once before it dies.
Arkansas's native plants are uniquely adapted to live with our soils, climate, and wildlife.
Arkansas is home to one of the largest freshwater fish in North America -- the alligator gar (Altractosteus spatula).
When you think of hibernating or overwintering animals, what comes to mind? Bears? Bats? Butterflies? Yes, butterflies.
Fun facts about groundhogs (or woodchucks) for the upcoming Groundhog Day
Helen Beatrix Potter, the well-known children's book author, was also a mycologist and conservationist.