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The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission has observed two new bird species nesting in a southern Arkansas wetland that had been restored.

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More than three billion North American birds have disappeared since 1970 according to new research led by Cornell Lab of Ornithology, published in the journal Science. Arkansas State University ornithologist Than Boves provides insight into startling loss, as well as some encouraging news about birds and ways to help them.

Arkansas Master Naturalists are building accommodations for nesting birds at eight sites around northwest Arkansas. We meet two nestbox experts at one of the habitats on Beaver Lake in Benton County. 

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A flock of trumpeter swans suddenly appeared on Lake Sequoyah late this winter to the delight of bird enthusiasts. Flocks of snowy white trumpeter swans historically wintered in Arkansas before almost going extinct in the 1800s. The swans are rebounding across North America, but experts say descendants have lost their migratory habits, which help the birds thrive. So for the past decade, wildlife scientists have collaborated on a multi-state project to imprint the birds onto certain secluded aquatic habitats in Arkansas.