Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program: Arkansas
Education, Research and Technical Assistance for Managing Our Natural Resources

Arkansas Project

Assessment of pollinator diversity and abundance on National Wildlife Refuges and other private and public lands in the lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley of Arkansas to integrate pollinators and native emergent wetlands/moist soil management areas into a decision making context

May 2016 - January 2017


Participating Agencies

  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, I & M

Wetlands have not previously been surveyed for bee species richness or bee community dynamics. National Wildlife Refuges and other public lands manage wetland complexes for primarily waterfowl but these wetlands could harbor diverse and abundant bee communities. We surveyed a series of public and private wetlands in Arkansas to document bee species richness and the relationship between those bee communites and wetland management.

Technical Publications Publication Date
Stephenson, P. 2017. Pollinator communities on native emergent wetlands, managed emergent wetlands, and adjacent croplands in the lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley of Arkansas. SARE final report October 2017
Presentations Presentation Date
Stephenson, P.S., A. P.G. Dowling and D. G. Krementz. 2015. Emergent Wetland Pollinators: An Unknown Story. Joint meeting of the Kansas Entomological and Arkansas Entomological Societies. Fayetteville, AR. April 2015
Theses and Dissertations Publication Date
Stephenson, P. L. 2017. Bee communities on managed emergent wetlands in the lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley of Arkansas. Thesis, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. August 2017