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  • 02 Nov 2015 9:23 AM | Jim Taylor (Administrator)

    Friends of The Refuge donated five deer stands for use at the annual youth deer hunt at Cooks Lake. SPECIAL thanks to Green's Customs LLC for supporting the kids and the refuge by giving us a great deal on the stands!

    Jay Hitchcock, refuge biologist and one of the coordinators of the annual event said in thanking the Friends group: "There will be many memories made in these deer stands over the years! Thanks!" 
    -- jt


  • 19 Aug 2015 4:26 PM | Jim Taylor (Administrator)

    Refuge research indicates late high water this year may lead to more crappie.

    With the assistance of staff from AGFC and USGS, nets designed to catch crappie were set in Escronges Lake on August 17-18.

    While only 26 crappie were big enough to tag there were hundreds of 1-2" crappie in the nets, indicating that this late high water that we had may have provided good spawning conditions.

    Anglers are encouraged to report any tagged crappie they catch, as this will provide invaluable data used to help manage crappie fisheries on the Refuge. Each of the tags has an id number on it as well as contact information to report your fish.




  • 13 Aug 2015 2:30 PM | Jim Taylor (Administrator)


  • 13 Aug 2015 2:16 PM | Jim Taylor (Administrator)

    An unwelcome intruder was discovered by refuge and U.S. Geological Survey  biologists while taking  fish samples from Belknap lake(just south of Hwy 1) last week.   


    It’s a non native invasive species of  fish that breathes air, walks on land, has a scale pattern  that resembles that of a diamondback rattlesnake, and a sports a wickedly ferocious set of  “canine like” teeth that enable it to attack and eat  everything in its sight.  It's  a top level predator with a   reputation so hideous  some fisherman  refer to it as "Frankenfish".  Refuge biologists like Jay Hitchcock know it as the Northern Snakehead fish.  By whatever name, if left unchecked,  our sportfishing might be impacted  through either direct predation on our crappie, bass and bream and/or  through indirect competition for their food.   


    Here’s how you can help. 


    1.  Learn to identify Northern Snakehead fish.   At first glance they have the appearance of our native Bowfin(grinnel)  but the long, 20 plus rays of the anal fin is the DEAD GIVEAWAY.   Bowfin have only 9-10.  See graphic below.

    2.  Fisherman are asked to kill  any Northern Snakehead fish they catch and/or  report  sightings to the refuge office by calling  870-282-8200.   (Note: Snakeheads can live a day or two out of water so  throwing them out onto the bank won't do it.  Remember they have the potential to crawl back into the lake.)


    fws file photo


    JT








  • 25 Mar 2015 11:48 AM | Jim Taylor (Administrator)

    Welcome four of the newest residents of Dale Bumpers WRNWR; Baby bears! Brother and sister cubs weighing over 6 lbs each and two brothers weighing 3.5 lbs each.

    In cooperation with the USFWS, AGFC recently conducted two den visits of radio-collared female bears in the Jacks Bay area of the refuge.

    These two dens were unique in that they were the first documented ground dens on the refuge. Typically, bears on the refuge den in large trees to avoid floodwaters. Fortunately for these cubs, their mom picked a high elevation area to make their dens BUT with another foot or two rise of the Mississippi River, they will be retreating to the treetops.


  • 01 Feb 2014 5:12 AM | Jim Taylor (Administrator)

    The bald eagle was totally wiped out from Arkansas as a nesting species by 1930. A reintroduction program was initiated in 1982. From a single pair on White River National Wildlife Refuge in 1982 the Arkansas population has grown to over 80 "breeding" pairs!

    Well more than a thousand bald eagles are believed to be "wintering" this season in Arkansas.

    The Interior Department finally removed the American bald eagle from the endangered species list on June 28, 2007.


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