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

Arkansas Project

Project Snapshot: USA

September 2019 - December 2025


Participating Agencies

  • Arkansas Game and Fish Commission
  • Arkansas Game and Fish Commisssion
A raccoon stalks a soft release pen filled with Eastern Box Turtles

As the country undergoes rapid development and alteration to accommodate our growing human population, it becomes ever more important to have baseline data regarding wildlife populations and distribution so we can identify how our actions affect wildlife. Snapshot USA's goal is to facilitate the collaboration of cooperators to contribute to a national database of public wildlife data. This nationwide data will be used to examine nationwide trends in mammal community assembly rules associated with natural environmental and anthropogenic filters. Collaborators for all 50 states will contribute camera trap data from a standardized camera trap array at the same time from each site and the Smithsonian Institute will compile and lead efforts to analyze data. The Arkansas Cooperative Research Unit is contributing data from Arkansas collected at Woolsey Wet Prairie Reserve. To date, we have collected and contributed over 80,000 photos from this urban reserve. Data provided should provide information regarding the occupancy of mesopredators, activity patterns of animals across the country and between habitats, and relatively density of several common species of mammals. This effort will expand in coming years to include additional habitats and countries. This database will be one of the largest camera trap image repositories in existence and will provide the raw material for numerous large-scale ecological examinations of mammal populations.

Research Publications Publication Date
SNAPSHOT USA 2020: A second coordinated national camera trap survey of the United States during the COVID-19 Pandemic. 2022. Ecology. DOI: 10.1002/ecy.3775

Roland Kays1,2, Michael V. Cove2, Jose Diaz3, Kimberly Todd3, Claire Bresnan3, Matt Snider1,Thomas E. Lee, Jr.4, Seth C. Crockett4 , Anthony P. Crupi5, Katherine C.B. Weiss6,7, Helen Rowe8, Tiffany Sprague8, Jan Schipper7, Christopher A. Lepczyk9, Jean E. Fantle-Lepczyk9, Jon Davenport10, Zach Farris10, Jacque Williamson11, M. Caitlin Fisher-Reid12, Drew Rezendes12, Alexandra J. Bebko12, Petros Chrysafis13, Alex J. Jensen14, David S. Jachowski14, Katherine C. King15, Brandon McDonald15, Daniel J. Herrera16, Marius van der Merwe17, Robert V. Horan III19, Michael S. Rentz20, LaRoy S.E. Brandt21, Christopher Nagy22, Sean P. Maher24, Andrea K. Darracq25, George Hess3, Matthew E. Gompper26, Stephen L. Webb27, John P. Vanek28, Diana J. R. Lafferty29, Tru Hubbard29, Jorie Favreau31, Jack Fogarty31, Steven Hammerich33, Michelle Halbur33, Morgan Gray33, Christine C. Rega-Brodsky34, Caleb Durbin34, Elizabeth A. Flaherty35, Jarred Brooke35, Stephanie S. Coster36, Richard G. Lathrop37, Katarina Russell37, Daniel A. Bogan38, Hila Shamon1, Robert C. Lonsinger42, M. Teague O'Mara43, Justin A. Compton44, Melinda Fowler44, Erika L. Barthelmess45, Katherine E. Andy45, Jerrold L. Belant46, Dean E. Beyer, Jr.47, Daniel G. Scognamillo48, Chris Schalk48, Caroline N. Ellison50, Chip Ruthven50, Sarah Fritts51, Jaquelyn Tleimat51, Mandy Gay51, Christopher A. Whittier52, Sean A. Neiswenter53, Robert Pelletier53, Brett A. DeGregorio54, Erin K. Kuprewicz55, Miranda L. Davis55, Carolina Baruzzi57, Marcus A. Lashley56, David Mason56, Derek R. Risch58, Maximilian L. Allen59,60, Laura S. Whipple60, Jinelle H. Sperry61, Patrick Wolff61, Robert H. Hagen62, Alessio Mortelliti63, Amay Bolinjcar63, Marketa Zimova68, Sean T. Giery70, Summer D. Higdon72, Ronald S. Revord72, Christopher P. Hansen73, Joshua J. Millspaugh73, Adam Zorn74, Nathaniel H. Wehr75, Brian D. Gerber77, Kylie Rezendes77, Jessie Adley77, Jennifer Sevin78, Austin M. Green79, Çağan H. Şekercioğlu79,80, Mary E. Pendergast81, Kayleigh Mullen81, Tori Bird81b, Andrew J. Edelman82, Tim Hawig82, Joanne R. Wasdin82, Andrea Romero83, Brian J. O'Neill83b[KR1] , Noel Schmitz83b, Rebecca A Vandermus83, Jesse M. Alston84, Kellie M. Kuhn85, Damon B. Lesmeister86, Cara L. Appel87, Christopher Rota88, Jennifer L. Stenglein89, Christine Anhalt-Depies89, Carrie Nelson90, Robert A. Long91, Paula MacKay91, Kathryn R. Remine91, Mark J. Jordan92, Mark Elbroch93, Dylan Bergman94, Sara Cendejas-Zarelli95, Kim Sager95, Haydée Hernández-Yáñez3, William J. McShea3

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April 2022