Contact(s): Jennifer Stenglein, DNR Snapshot Wisconsin program coordinator, 608-221-6334
MADISON - Snapshot Wisconsin, a new program that allows landowners to play an important role in wildlife management, is looking for volunteers to assist with the next phase of a pilot study in Dodge, Racine and Vernon counties.
Snapshot Wisconsin is a citizen science effort to capture images of all types of wildlife including deer, elk, bears, fox, bobcats, whooping cranes and more to and 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.
To qualify to participate, volunteers must have access to at least 10 acres of contiguous private land in Dodge, Racine or Vernon counties and agree to maintain a trail camera on that land for at least one year. Training and supplies will be provided and no prior experience with trail cameras is necessary. In-person training sessions will be held in Dodge County later this winter.
Volunteers can sign up at dnr.wi.gov, keywords "Snapshot Wisconsin."
"When everything is up and running, Snapshot Wisconsin will be the largest volunteer based monitoring project in Wisconsin," says Jennifer Stenglein, DNR Snapshot Wisconsin program coordinator. "By volunteering, participants will have a great opportunity to help collect and categorize photos of Wisconsin wildlife."
Photos collected through this project offer 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.
Snapshot Wisconsin is also recruiting applicants in Iowa, Iron, Jackson, Manitowoc, Sawyer and Waupaca counties, tribal members or affiliates on tribal lands and educators statewide. Additional counties will be rolled out over the next few years.
Christina Locke, co-coordinator of Snapshot Wisconsin, will talk about the results of a pilot study, how trail camera pictures are used currently, and how they will be used in the future at a program Thursday, Jan. 12 at 7 p.m. at the Ice Age Visitor Center in the Northern Unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest, off Highway 67 half mile west of Dundee.
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.