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April 3, 2024Species Profile: Blue Jay | Cyanocitta cristata

Scientific Name:               Cyanocitta cristata Common Name(s):         Blue Jay, Jay Birds ©Jim Ridley Identification: Blue jays …

February 20, 2024Species Profile: Blue-Winged Teal | Spatula discors – by: Melissa McCarver

Scientific Name: Spatula discors Common Name(s): Blue-winged Teal ©Becky Matsubara Identification: The blue-winged teal is …

December 7, 2023Species Profile: Rainbow Trout | Oncorhynchus mykiss

Scientific Name:        Oncorhynchus mykiss; synonyms Salmo mykiss; Salmo gairdneri Common Name(s):   Rainbow Trout; Many names …

November 1, 2023Species Profile: Jewelweed | Impatiens capensis

Scientific Name: Impatiens capensis Common Name(s): Jewelweed, Orange Jewelweed, Spotted Touch-me-not Photos by Kayla Sayre, …

September 27, 2023Species Profile: Ironweeds | Vernonia spp.

Scientific Name: Vernonia spp. Common Name (s): Ironweeds Arkansas Ironweed – Vernonia arkansana Photos by …

August 25, 2023Species Profile: American White Pelican | Pelecanus erthrorhynchos By Kayla Sayre

Scientific Name: Pelecanus erthrorhynchos Common Name (s): American White Pelican © Jon Liu, Becky Matsubara …

July 28, 2023Species Profile: Elderberry – Sambucus Canadensis : By Kayla Sayre

Scientific Name:               Sambucus Canadensis Common Name(s):         Elderberry, American Elderberry, Common Elderberry, Canada Elderberry Figure 1: …

June 20, 2023Species Profile: Spotted Bee Balm & Wild Bergamot – Monarda punctata L. & Monarda fistulosa L.

Scientific Name: Monarda punctata L. & Monarda fistulosa L. Common Name(s): M. punctata – Spotted …

May 17, 2023Species Profile: Wild Carrot & Poison Hemlock – Daucus carota & Conium maculatum

Scientific Name: Daucus carota & Conium maculatum Common Name(s): Daucos carota – Wild Carrot, Queen …

April 13, 2023Species Profile: Coragyps atratus – Black Vulture

Scientific Name: Coragyps atratus Common Name(s): Black Vulture, Mexican Vulture, Zopilotes, Gallinazo ©Cayambe Identification: Black …

March 1, 2023Species Profile: Hamamelis vernalis; Ozark witch-hazel

Scientific Name:           Hamamelis vernalis Common Name(s):        Ozark witch-hazel, Vernal witch-hazel, Winterbloom  ©Plant Image Library  …

December 27, 2022Species Profile: Phoradandram leucarpum; Mistletoe

Scientific Name:           Phoradandram leucarpum Common Name(s):        Oak mistletoe, American mistletoe, Eastern mistletoe, and hairy mistletoe …

October 25, 2022Species Profile: Craspedacusta sowerbyi – Freshwater Jellyfish & More

Halloween Appropriate Oddities of Our Natural World Scientific Name: Craspedacusta sowerbyi; Bryozoan spp.; Hirudinea Common …

September 26, 2022Dryocopus pileatus – Pileated Woodpecker

Scientific Name:               Dryocopus pileatus Common Name(s):         Pileated Woodpecker ©Joshlaymon ©Robert J Banach Identification: Pileated Woodpeckers …

August 22, 2022Species Profile: Giant Ragweed – Ambrosia trifida

Scientific Name: Ambrosia trifida Common Name(s): Giant Ragweed, Great Ragweed, Texan Great Ragweed, Tall Ragweed, …

July 29, 2022Species Profile: Mullein – Verbascum Thapsus

Scientific Name: Verbascum thapsus Common Name(s): Mullein, Common Mullein, Wooly Mullein ©Jane Shelby Richardson ©AnRo0002 Identification: …

June 27, 2022Species Profile: Toxicodendron radicans – Eastern Poison Ivy

Scientific Name: Toxicodendron radicans Common Name(s): Poison Ivy ©Agnieszka Kwiecień, Nova ©Bob Peterson©R. A. Nonenmacher  ©Nicholas …

May 23, 2022Species Profile: Passerina ciris – Painted Bunting

Scientific Name: Passerina ciris Common Name(s): painted bunting, Mexican canary, painted finch, pope, nonpareil Dan Pancamo …

April 25, 2022Species Profile: Corvus brachyrhynchos – American Crow & Corvus ossifagus – Fish Crow

Scientific Name: Corvus brachyrhynchos, Corvus ossifagus Common Name(s): American Crow, Fish Crow ©Wikimedia Commons © …

March 29, 2022Species Profile: Glaucomys volans – Southern Flying Squirrel

Scientific Name: Glaucomys volans Common Name(s): Southern flying squirrel ©MimiMiaPhotography Identification: Southern flying squirrels are …

February 28, 2022Sciurus Carolinensis – Eastern Grey Squirre

Scientific Name: Sciuris carolinensis  Common Name(s): Eastern grey squirrel, grey squirrel © Tomfrieded Identification: The …

January 28, 2022Sylvilagus floridanus – Eastern Cottontail

Scientific Name: Sylvilagus floridanus  Common Name(s): Eastern cottontail  © The High Fin Sperm Whale    …

December 30, 2021Species Profile: Tamias striatus – Chipmunk

Scientific Name: Tamias striatus Common Name(s): Chipmunk, Eastern chipmunk ©Gilles Gonthier Identification: The chipmunk is …

November 29, 2021Species Profile: Ursus americanus – Black Bear

Scientific Name: Ursus americanus Common Name(s): Black bear ©Diginatur Identification: The black bear is the …

October 25, 2021Species Profile: Cathartes aura – Turkey Vulture

Scientific Name: Cathartes aura Common Name(s): Turkey Vulture, Turkey Buzzard, Buzzard, John Crow, Carrion Crow …

September 22, 2021Species Profile: Charadrius vociferus- Killdeer

Scientific Name: Charadrius vociferus Common Name(s): Killdeer Identification: The killdeer is North America’s best-known plover. …

August 23, 2021Species Profile: Toads

Bufo (Anaxyrus) americanus & Bufo (Anaxyrus) fowleri- American & Fowler’s Toad Scientific Name: Bufo (Anaxyrus) …

July 23, 2021Species Profile: Mephitis mephitis- Striped Skunk

Scientific Name: Mephitis mephitis Common Name(s): Striped Skunk ©Dan & Lin Dzurisin   Identification: The …

June 28, 2021Species Profile: Hyla cinerea- Green Tree Frog

Scientific Name: Hyla cinerea Common Name(s): Green Tree Frog, Tree Frog   Identification: The green …

May 24, 2021Species Profile: Apalone spinifera – Spiny Softshell Turtle

Scientific Name: Apalone spinifera Common Name(s): Spiny Softshell Identification: The spiny softshell is one of …

April 29, 2021Species Profile: Mustela vison – American Mink

Scientific Name: Mustela vison Common Name(s): Mink Identification: The mink differs from other similar species …

March 29, 2021Species Profile: Pseudacris crucifer – Spring Peeper

Scientific Name: Pseudacris crucifer Common Name(s): Spring Peeper Identification: The spring peeper is a small …

February 22, 2021Species Profile: Sceloporus undulatus – Eastern Fence Lizard

Scientific Name: Sceloporus undulatus Common Name(s): Eastern Fence Lizard, Prairie Lizard, Fence Swift, Gray Lizard, …

January 25, 2021Species Profile: Marmota monax – Groundhog

Scientific Name: Marmota monax Common Name(s): Groundhog, Woodchuck   Identification: The groundhog is a medium-sized …

December 28, 2020Species Profile: Diadophis punctatus – Ring-necked snake

Scientific Name: Diadophis punctatus Common Name(s): Ring-necked snake     Identification: Ring-necked snakes are easily …

October 26, 2020Species Profile: Pylodictis Olivaris – Flathead Catfish

Scientific Name: Pylodictis olivaris Common Name(s): Flathead Catfish, Mudcat, Shovelhead Cat   Identification: The flathead …

September 25, 2020Species Profile: Vulpes vulpes – Red Fox

Scientific Name: Vulpes vulpes Common Name(s): Red Fox Identification: Red foxes get their name from …

August 30, 2020Species Profile: Nerodia Sipedon – Northern Watersnake

Scientific Name: Nerodia Sipedon Common Name: Northern watersnake, common watersnake       Identification: Northern …

July 26, 2020Species Profile: Sciurus niger – Fox Squirrel

Scientific Name: Sciurus niger Common Name(s): Fox Squirrel, Eastern Fox Squirrel, Stump-eared Squirrel, Bryant’s Fox …

June 12, 2020Species Profile: Pandion haliaetus – Osprey

Scientific Name: Pandion haliaetus Common Name(s): Osprey, Fish Eagle, Sea hawk, River Hawk, Fish Hawk …

May 4, 2020Species Profile: Aix sponsa – Wood Duck

Scientific Name: Aix sponsa Common Name(s): Wood Duck, Carolina Duck Nextdoornature.org Identification: The wood duck …

March 20, 2020Species Profile: Didelphis virginiana – Virginia Opossum

Scientific Name:              Didelphis virginiana Common Name(s):          Virginia Opossum, Possum Identification: Virginia opossums Didelphis virginiana are …

February 21, 2020Species Profile: Ameiurus (Genus) – Bullhead Catfishes

Scientific Name:              Ameiurus (Genus); Ameiurus melas, Ameiurus natalis Common Name(s):          Bullhead Catfish; Black Bullhead, Yellow …

January 29, 2020Species Profile: Lontra canadensis – River Otter

Scientific Name: Carya (Genus) Common Name(s): River Otter, North American River Otter Identification: River otters …

December 20, 2019Species Profile: Carya (Genus) – Hickory

Scientific Name: Carya (Genus) Common Name(s): Hickory, Typical Hickories (many different species)   Identification: Hickory …

November 22, 2019Species Profile: Odocoileus virginianus – White-tailed Deer

Scientific Name:              Odocoileus virginianus Common Name(s):          White-tailed Deer, Whitetail Identification: White-tailed deer, Odocoileus virginianus, are …

October 31, 2019Species Profile: Lynx Rufus – Bobcat

Identification: Bobcats Lynx rufus are small to medium sized predatory cat’s native to North America. …

September 23, 2019Species Profile: Butorides virescens – Green Heron

Scientific Name:              Butorides virescens Common Name(s):          Green Heron, Little Green Heron, Green-backed Heron   https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Basar …

August 22, 2019Species Profile: Trachemys scripta elegans – Red-eared Slider

Scientific Name:              Trachemys scripta elegans Common Name(s):          Red-eared Slider, Red-eared Terrapin, Pond Slider subspecies https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Turtle_with_Neck_Stretched_Out.jpg …

August 2, 2019Species Profile: Agkistrodon contortrix – Copperhead

Scientific Name: Agkistrodon contortrix Common Name(s): Copperhead, Northern Copperhead, Southern Copperhead Identification: Copperheads are heavy bodied …

June 19, 2019Species Profile: Chelydra serpentina – Common Snapping Turtle

Scientific Name: Chelydra serpentina Common Name(s): Common Snapping Turtle, Snapping Turtle Identification: Common snapping turtles …

May 2, 2019Species Profile: Rubus (Genus) – Blackberry

Scientific Name: Rubus (Genus) Common Name(s): Blackberry             https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Ripe,_ripening,_and_green_blackberries.jpg © Ragesoss Identification: …

March 27, 2019Species Profile: Canis latrans – Coyote

Scientific Name: Canis latrans Common Name(s): Coyote Identification: The coyote, Canis latrans, is a medium-sized …

February 22, 2019Species Profile: Anas platyrhynchos – Mallard, Wild Duck, Greenhead, Suzie

Identification: The mallard Anas platyrhynchos is a medium sized duck. They are 20-26 inches long …

February 5, 2019Species Profile: Castor canadensis – North American Beaver

Scientific Name: Castor canadensis Common Name(s): North American Beaver, American Beaver, Canadian Beaver, Beaver Identification: The North American …

October 31, 2018Species Profile: Diospyros Virginiana – Persimmon

Scientific Name: Diospyros Virginiana Common Name(s): Persimmon, American Persimmon, Common Persimmon, Possumwood, Sugar-plum, Eastern Persimmon Identification: Persimmon refers …

September 28, 2018Species Profile: Morone chrysops x Morone saxatilis – Hybrid Striped Bass

Scientific Name: Morone saxatilis (Striped Bass) x Morone chrysops (White Bass) Common Name(s): Hybrid Striped Bass, Wiper, …

August 22, 2018Species Profile: Procyon lotor – Northern Raccoon

Procyon lotor – Northern Raccoon Scientific Name: Procyon lotor Common Name(s): Raccoon, Northern Raccoon, North American Raccoon, …

June 29, 2018Species Profile: Lepomis gulosus – Warmouth, Goggle-eye, Red-eyed Bream

Lepomis gulosus – Warmouth Scientific Name: Lepomis gulosus Common Name(s): Warmouth, Goggle-eye, Red-eyed Bream Identification:                                                                           The warmouth …

May 29, 2018Species Profile: Lepomis microlophus – Redear Sunfish

Scientific Name: Lepomis microlophus Common Name(s): Redear Sunfish, Stumpknocker, Shellcracker, Bream, Cherry Gill, Sun Perch Identification:   The …

April 19, 2018Species Profile: Yellow Grub & Black Spot

Scientific Name:               Clinostomum marginatum & Neascus spp. (Genus) Common Name(s):         Yellow Grub & Black Spot …

February 27, 2018Species Profile: Great Blue Heron

Scientific Name: Ardea herodias Common Name(s): Great Blue Heron   Identification: The great blue heron …

January 19, 2018Species Profile: Nine-Banded Armadillo

Scientific Name: Dasypus novemcinctus Common Name(s): nine-banded armadillo, long nosed armadillo, Hoover hog, hillbilly speed …

Species Profile: Castor canadensis – North American Beaver

Scientific Name: Castor canadensis Common Name(s): North American Beaver, American Beaver, Canadian Beaver, Beaver Identification: The North American beaver, Castor canadensis, is the largest rodent in North America. They could be mistaken for a nutria, but nutria do not have the large flat paddle-shaped tail like beavers. Adults weigh from 24-71 lbs. and their body length ranges from 29-35 inches […]

Species Profile: Diospyros Virginiana – Persimmon

Scientific Name: Diospyros Virginiana Common Name(s): Persimmon, American Persimmon, Common Persimmon, Possumwood, Sugar-plum, Eastern Persimmon Identification: Persimmon refers to several species in the genus Diospyros. The species present in Arkansas is the American persimmon. The American persimmon Diospyros virginiana is a small tree usually 30-80 feet in height, with a short, slender trunk and spreading branches that form […]

Species Profile: Morone chrysops x Morone saxatilis – Hybrid Striped Bass

Scientific Name: Morone saxatilis (Striped Bass) x Morone chrysops (White Bass) Common Name(s): Hybrid Striped Bass, Wiper, Whiterock Bass, Palmetto Bass, Sunshine Bass, or Cherokee Bass Identification: The hybrid striped bass Morone saxatilis x Morone chrysops can be distinguished from the white bass by the incomplete/broken horizontal bars on the body. Hybrid striped bass have very distinct lines […]