A yellow/gray bird with red waxy tips on its wings sits in a tree.
Cedar Waxing in a tree.

NPS Photo/Nolen Taricco

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.

The Grand Promenade is great place to see many types of birds as it hosts both deciduous and evergreen trees and shrubs.

Here is a checklist of all the birds found in the park.

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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.

From December 14 through January 5, all around the country families, students, birders and scientists - armed with binoculars, bird guides, and checklists - go out on an annual mission, often before dawn. For over one hundred years, the desire to both make a difference and to experience the beauty of nature has driven dedicated people to leave the comfort of a warm house during the Holiday season.

A box turtle hides in its shell.


Learn about the wildlife in the Park.

Water cascades over a hillside and into a thermal pool with the sun shining through trees.

Nature & Science

Learn more about the thermal springs, wildlife, plants, fire management practices and more at Hot Springs National Park.

Last updated: August 10, 2020

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101 Reserve Street
Hot Springs , AR 71901


(501) 620-6715

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