Most wildlife biologists and agencies use camera traps to monitor wildlife occurrence and movement through habitat and near roadways. The Road Ecology Center at the University of California, Davis, recently completed a project funded by the Federal Highways Administration that demonstrates how to connect camera traps in the field to web-based databases for managing, coding, and sharing wildlife data. The Road Ecology Center worked with several State Departments of Transportation from around the country to identify better ways to use advanced cell- communicating and wifi cameras in the field, and to develop a web-system (http://wildlifeobserver.net) where users can bulk upload and tag (e.g., species) images collected from cameras in the field, or to get images sent from communicating cameras automatically included in the database.
The webinar covered the following material:
- Brief introduction to camera traps, camera-based studies, and using these data in research and mitigation planning;
- Examples of the advanced camera systems available to automatically retrieve image data from the field; and
- How to use the web-system to manage camera trap projects and share data.
This webinar was organized by the Road Ecology Center in partnership with the National Center for Sustainable Transportation.
For more information, please email Fraser Shilling, firstname.lastname@example.org.