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Reassessment of Arkansas Crayfish Conservation Ranks

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Thursday, July 16, 2020

by Dustin Lynch The Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission (ANHC) has been working since its establishment in 1973 to protect and document the amazing biodiversity of the Natural State. This is acco ... Read More

Crayfish Diversity at the ANHC's System of Natural Areas

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Thursday, July 16, 2020

by Dustin Lynch One of my favorite things about my job as the aquatic ecologist for the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission (ANHC) has undoubtedly been conducting biological inventories of our am ... Read More

The Crayfishes of Arkansas

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Thursday, July 16, 2020

by Dustin Lynch The Natural State is aptly named not only for its beautiful natural landscapes, but its incredible biodiversity. From rare glade-dwelling plants to salamander species found only on ... Read More

The Mystery of the Leopard-spotted Crayfish

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Thursday, July 16, 2020

by Dustin Lynch Sometimes biologists get a chance to play detective, as we did on a particular “case” in early 2019. For the last two years, I’ve collaborated closely with Brian Wagner, aquatic wi ... Read More

The Crayfish Story No One Believed (But Turned Out to Be True)

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Wednesday, July 15, 2020

by Theo Witsell I grew up as a city kid, born and raised in downtown Little Rock, surrounded by more pavement than plants. In the second grade I went to Williams Magnet School, in what was then th ... Read More

A Beautiful Giant in Ozark Streams: The Longpincered Crayfish

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Wednesday, July 15, 2020

by Dustin Lynch Arkansans who have spent any time outdoors are quite familiar with crayfish (also called crawfish, crawdads, or mudbugs), whether it be catching a glimpse of the stream-dwelling sp ... Read More

The Burrowing Crayfish of Arkansas: Secret Lives and Remarkable Diversity

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Wednesday, July 15, 2020

by Dustin Lynch Crayfish chimneys are a familiar site to most Arkansans. Seemingly springing up overnight in backyards, parks, creek banks, and roadside ditches, these structures are evidence that ... Read More

Prairies, Flatwoods, and Seeps - Prime Habitats for Burrowing Crayfish

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Wednesday, July 15, 2020

by Theo Witsell I commonly see crayfish chimneys in three distinctive and interesting habitats in Arkansas: 1) flat, seasonally wet prairies, 2) flatwoods, and 3) seeps. All three of these habi ... Read More

Two Grants Fund Habitat Restoration at Warren Prairie

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Friday, May 29, 2020

From January through May of this year, Warren Prairie Natural Area (NA) (/natural-areas/warren-prairie-natural-area) was abuzz with restoration activity. Specialized hand work crews removed sweetg ... Read More

Global Big Day: A Local Perspective

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Friday, May 29, 2020

We caught up with ANHC Grants Coordinator Samantha Scheiman to ask her about her recent experience with Global Big Day, Saturday May 9. An annual celebration of the birds around you, Global Big Da ... Read More


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