Not-So-Candid Cameras, How to prevent Camera Traps from skewing animal behavior
Not-So-Candid Cameras is an interesting and informative article from wildlife reseachers Michael L. Gibeau, Ph.D. and Cam Mctavish regarding the usage of Covert Infrared Camera Traps to aid in Wolf research.
The ArcticRaptors project is a research partnership that includes the Government of Nunavut, the Nunavut Wildlife Management Board, ArcticNet Network of Centers of Excellence, the Canadian Circumpolar Institute at the University of Alberta and the University du Quebec Rimouski. The research team employs RECONYX cameras to record breeding phenology (lay dates, initiation of incubation, hatch dates) and to identify causes of nestling mortality. In addition, researchers are often able to identify individuals by reading bands from photographs of birds on nest ledges. For more information and to see some of the images gathered throughout this research go to the ArcticRaptors web site.
The Okapi—a secretive rain forest animal so elusive it has been compared to the Unicorn—has been photographed for the first time in the wild using a RECONYX camera. For more information see the story on-line at National Geographic.
The Center for Conservation Education and Sustainability of the Smithsonian's National Zoological Park has been using RECONYX cameras for its Peruvian Amazon Biodiversity Project. You can see their slide show and learn more about this project at the Smithsonian's web site.
The dry lowland rainforests of Sumatra are among the most biologically diverse yet most critically threatened habitats on earth. From an estimated 16 million hectares in 1900 there now remains only 500,000 hectares. This area, named Harapan Rainforest after the Indonesian word for ‘hope’, covers 98,554 hectares of previously logged forest and is being managed for forest restoration with a view to returning the whole of the forest to its original condition. The restoration team has posted a Video Gallery and Image Gallery of wild and threatened animals they have captured on their Reconyx cameras.
Discovery News: Arctic Nest Predation
Camera Traps Catch Animals In the Act: Camera traps hidden in the Alaskan Arctic have captured tell-tale images of predatory animals raiding the nests of birds that migrate by the millions to the region each year. The guilty finger, however, points to us. According to the Wildlife Conservation Society, energy development activity in the region may benefit certain animal hunters to the detriment of other vulnerable species.
'Extinct' monkey rediscovered in Indonesia jungle
A team of experts set up camera traps in the Wehea forest, on the eastern tip of Borneo island, in June, hoping to capture images of clouded leopards, orangutans and other wildlife known to congregate at several mineral salt licks. The pictures that came back caught them by surprise – groups of monkeys none had ever seen.
Endangered Snow Leopards Caught on Camera in Afghanistan
A surprisingly healthy population of rare snow leopards has been caught on camera in the wilds of Afghanistan. Researchers spotted 30 snow leopards in 16 different locations by placing camera traps in the mountains of northeastern Afghanistan’s Wakhan Corridor.
Tough Times for Bluebirds in 2012 is an investigation into bluebird nest predation in Wisconsin. The study was conducted by Leif Marking, Bluebird Project Manager for the Brice Prairie Conservation Association.