Contact(s): Susan Frett, DNR Snapshot Wisconsin program coordinator, 608-221-6323
MADISON - Landowners in Ashland, Bayfield, Crawford, Douglas, Price, Richland, Sauk and Vilas counties who would like to play an important role in wildlife management are encouraged to check out Snapshot Wisconsin.
Snapshot Wisconsin is a volunteer based monitoring effort to capture images of all types of wildlife including deer, elk, bears, fox, bobcats, whooping cranes and more to learn more about Wisconsin's wildlife. This project is led by Department of Natural Resources staff in partnership with the University of Wisconsin-Madison and UW-Extension.
This project offers a unique opportunity to view wildlife in their normal routines in the wild and data collected will help researchers better understand Wisconsin's ecological landscapes. To date, 808 volunteers currently maintain 983 trail cameras - 17,207,749 photos have been collected.
"Snapshot Wisconsin is a great way to get involved in volunteer-based monitoring and learn more about all of our different wildlife species," said Susan Frett, one of the volunteer coordinators working on the project. "We have volunteers in Wisconsin participating as trail camera hosts and over 5,000 volunteers from around the world participating in crowd-sourced classification of our images on www.snapshotwisconsin.org."
To qualify to participate, volunteers must have access to at least 10 acres of contiguous private land in Ashland, Bayfield, Crawford, Douglas, Price, Richland, Sauk or Vilas county and agree to maintain a trail camera on that land for at least one year. Training and supplies are provided and no prior experience with trail cameras is necessary. Basic computer knowledge and access to the internet is necessary to participate. Local, in-person training sessions are currently planned for late winter or early spring and online training is also available.
Snapshot Wisconsin is also recruiting applicants in Clark, Dane, Dodge, Grant, Iowa, Iron, Jackson, Manitowoc, Marathon, Marinette, Oneida, Racine, Rusk, Sawyer, St. Croix, Taylor, Vernon and Waupaca counties. Tribal members or affiliates on tribal lands and educators throughout the state are also encouraged to participate. Additional counties will be added over the next few years.
Volunteers can sign up by visiting www.snapshotwisignup.org or find out more details by visiting the webpage which can be found at dnr.wi.gov using keyword "Snapshot Wisconsin".
And, be sure to follow the department's Facebook page [EXIT DNR] for Snapshot Wisconsin updates, which will include photos from a number of project volunteers.