The Buffalo National River has been designated an Important Bird Area by the Audubon Society.
The IBA program is a world wide effort to identify places that are critical for maintaining healthy bird populations. In order to gain IBA status a site must meet certain science based criteria. IBA designation is supported by bird observations made by Park Service staff, research scientists, and citizen scientists.One of the many elements that went into the IBA application was observations made by the BNRP sponsored Christmas Bird count.
Park biologist C.D. Scott was the principal author of the 46 page application with assistance from Joe Neal and Jack Stewart.
For more information see the Audubon Arkansas webpage by clicking here.