A Glimpse into the Wild

A Glimpse into the Wild

Camera traps can significantly contribute to wildlife monitoring, but they often produce too many images for scientists to review alone. This infographic describes how camera traps work and how citizen scientists can help analyze the photos.


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Camera traps can be powerful tools to help with monitoring wildlife. Share this infographic with your students, and then ask them to explain in their own words how camera traps work. Have them explain why it’s helpful to have citizen scientists analyze camera trap images. Ask: What animals could we study using camera traps in our region? Where would we want to put the camera traps?

Have students select a camera trap project to work on from Instant Wild or Zooniverse. Ask each student to analyze at least ten images from one project. Then have students report out to the class on the project they selected, and the types of wildlife found there.

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Mary Ford, National Geographic Society
On-site Project Manager
Anne Haywood, Mountain to Sea Education
Dr. Brittney Beck, California State University, Bakersfield
Peg Keiner, 31 Days of Citizen Science
Kerryanne Monahan, Saint Edward's School
Last Updated

March 21, 2024

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