Hot Springs National Park supports a variety of song birds, wild turkey, raptors and other birds. Birding is possible all year long, as the species often change with the spring and fall migrations.
Christmas Bird Count
Each year, citizen scientists make an enormous contribution to conservation by braving the cold weather to take part in the Christmas Bird Count. Hot Springs National Park, along with the local chapters of the National Audubon Society and the City of Hot Springs, collects this data to assess the bird populations and to help guide conservation actions. Last year's count included over 9,000 birds from 113 separate species. In prior years, the Hot Springs National Park Bird Count has tied for the highest species diversity in the state! Having that sort of information for thousands of circles across the nation gives citizen science the spotlight in studies about bird populations, mirgration patterns, and even climate change impacts.
Last updated: December 26, 2020