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Buffalo National River

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Bird watching
===Bird watching===
{{infobox|Ivory-billed woodpecker|The ivory-billed woodpecker (''Campephilus principalis''), long thought to be extinct, was rediscovered in northern Southeast Arkansas in 2004 and 2005. The bird, now listed as critically endangered, is believed to live at or near Buffalo White River National RiverWildlife Reserve. A $10,000 reward is being offered to anyone who can confirm the discovery with a photo of the bird. '''WARNING:''' Shooting the bird or harming it in any other way is forbidden by law.}}
Bird watching is quite popular at Buffalo National River. The park is a biological crossroads, providing many different habitats supporting a large variety of our feathered friends. Over 200 species of birds inhabit the park for some part of the year, and many birds live here year round. Bird checklists are available at any ranger station or visitor center. In December the park hosts the Annual Christmas Bird Count, sponsored by the National Audubon Society. The event’s conception was in protest of a traditional event called a "side hunt", where hunters would choose teams and compete to see who could shoot the most birds and animals. On December 25, 1900, small groups of individuals began counting instead of shooting the wildlife. It is now the longest running ornithological database in the world, providing valuable insight into the past and present status of resident and migratory birds and the general health of the environment.
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