Become a Community Scientist
Have you ever wondered what wildlife is in your backyard or on your property? You and your family can monitor wildlife with remote trail cameras and directly participate in citizen science by providing us with the data to aid in wildlife research efforts!
What is a remote camera?
It is a camera that records images when triggered by motion, either as a still photograph or a video - It is a rugged and weatherproof device designed for extended and unmanned use outdoors. For scientists, it is a camera placed by a researcher or photographer to conduct non-invasive research and collect data that shows an animal’s behavior when humans are not present.
These cameras most often contain a light or heat motion sensor to trigger the camera to take a picture or video when something moves in front of the sensor on the camera. Remote cameras obtain footage that would likely not be possible with human presence.
Here are some remote camera photos:
View more in our photo galleries!
Picking a Camera
Pricing and Options
Remote cameras range from $70 to $700 per unit. Additional accessories include: SD memory card ($10-$50 each), ultimate lithium or NiMH rechargeable batteries, security enclosure (metal box to prevent theft), and a padlock and security cable. Depending on your security needs, you may not need all of these.
We Recommend the Following Brands:
Note on choosing your camera:
As with anything, you get what you pay for. The most important specifications to focus on are the following:
- Photo quality
- trigger speed
- battery life
We highly recommend either the Bushnell Trophy Cam models or the Reconyx models.
From the recommended models, below is a list of pros and cons for each camera:
Reconyx Models - Very fast trigger speed (0.2 seconds), great photo quality, very good battery life (up to 1 year on a set of lithium batteries), no video capability on most models (but utilizes Rapidfire technology)
Bushnell Trophy Cam Models - Fast trigger speed, good photo quality, good battery life
We are more than happy to work with you to help you purchase the camera and accessories you need from the best possible sources. Just let us know how we can be of assistance.
Wilde Backyard and Wilde Pod
We have two upcoming projects which will help everyone easily participate in community science.
Wilde Backyard will allow residents, recreators and visitors to record wildlife sightings using their mobile devices. Collected data will be made available to researchers across conservation disciplines. This mobile app will collect wildlife images within urban edge communities, and process them using AI, to generate a rich dataset of urban wildlife.
We have built a database repository for wildlife imagery collected on public, state, county, city and private lands. Our work is focused on conservation of wild felids but we collect images of all wildlife for use in research and land planning.