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Issue 2: September, 2018

Science Update – Deer per Camera per Year

Using classifications from volunteers made in MySnapshot, we assessed the average number of deer seen per camera annually by Deer Management Zone. The gray dots on the map show Snapshot Wisconsin camera locations, and the red dots indicate where there were deer observations. The size of each dot indicates the number of photos taken at a location. There were similar numbers of deer seen per camera annually within the Forest Zones (Northern Forest: 683 deer/camera/year; Central Forest: 613 deer/camera/year) and within the Farmland Zones (Central Farmland: 1022 deer/camera/year; Southern Farmland: 975 deer/camera/year).

The ratio of antlerless to antlered deer was similar among Deer Management Zones, with the highest ratio found in the Northern Forest (6.8 antlerless: 1 antlered deer seen per camera per year). We found the lowest ratio in the Southern Farmland (5.0 antlerless: 1 antlered deer seen per camera per year). These ratios of antlerless/antlered deer cannot be interpreted as sex ratios in the population. This is because antlerless deer could be does, bucks with dropped antlers or spotless fawns of either sex. potential differences in detectability and movement between male and female deer.

The lower number of fawns seen per camera per year in the Central Forest compared with the other zones could be due to sample size (only 13 trail cameras in the Central Forest used in this analysis) and deserves reassessment once more trail cameras are established in the Central Forest. A future research question will be to include habitat and camera site independent variables to help us understand why certain camera sites have so many more deer photos per year than other camera sites.

Chart displaying the deer per camp per year

Photo caption: Deer per Camera per Year (N_For = Northern Forest, C_For = Central Forest, C_Farm = Central Farmland, S_Farm = Southern Farmland)

September 2018 Volunteer of the Month: Mary from Bayfield County

Volunteer of the month

Photo caption: Volunteer of the Month: Mary from Bayfield

September’s Volunteer of the Month is Mary from Bayfield County! Mary has spent the past four decades sharing her love for science as a mom, scientist, educator and most recently as a volunteer. In addition to hosting her own Snapshot Wisconsin trail camera, Mary has been an invaluable resource helping the Snapshot Wisconsin team put together a series of lesson plans for the project. She stated that her passion has always been “designing and implementing hands-on tools that make learning science easy and fun for people of all ages.” Mary also works with local organizations and classrooms to continue getting students engaged with and excited about Wisconsin wildlife.

Check out the current Snapshot Wisconsin lesson plans on the newly redesigned website. Lesson plans are available for all ages, and as Mary shared, “The pictures from Snapshot Wisconsin inject excitement into the Wisconsin Science and Math standards. They transform abstract concepts into local experiences.”

Thank you, Mary! Thank you to all our trail camera hosts and Zooniverse volunteers for helping us discover our wildlife together.

New Team Member Introduction: Emily Buege

New team member

Photo Caption: New team member Emily Buege

We are pleased to announce the addition of a new team member. Emily Buege is a Research Scientist for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, functioning as a database manager and spatial analyst on the Snapshot Wisconsin team. Emily obtained a B.S. in ecology from Winona State University in her hometown of Winona, Minnesota. She went on to study at the University of Alabama, where she received her M.S. in Geography with an emphasis in environment and natural resources. Her thesis research involved species distribution modeling of native fish in the Bladen River, Belize.

Recently on the Blog

Collared elk

Photo Caption: Jackson County Collared Elk Calf

Did you miss any of our blog posts over the last month? Below are links to a few highlights. We usually have posts on Tuesday and Saturday. Snapshot Saturday Jackson County Collared Elk Calf – August 4, 2018 [exit DNR]

Black River Falls Fieldwork – August 14, 2018 [exit DNR]

First Rare Species Sighting: Moose – August 21, 2018 [exit DNR]

Trail Camera Host Announcements

We updated our webpage as part of our statewide launch last month. Longtime volunteers may notice that the blue Login button for accessing their trail camera photos is no longer present. Now trail camera hosts can access their photos by clicking the “MySnapshot account [exit DNR]” link under the “Current volunteers” section of the new webpage. We hope our new webpage will make accessing our many resources easier for volunteers.

Webpage login help

Photo Caption: Webpage Login Help

Fall 2018 Trail Camera Host Training

Snapshot Wisconsin training

Photo Caption: Snapshot Wisconsin training

The Snapshot Wisconsin DNR team and our partners at UW-Extension have prepared a busy fall training schedule to accommodate volunteers who would like in-person training. Throughout September, October and November, we will be having trainings across the state. Accepted volunteers will receive all the details about training opportunities. Online training is also an option. Currently our plans are to have in-person training sessions in Platteville, Darlington, Crandon, Merrill, Adams, Elk Mound, Spooner, West Bend, Sheboygan, Sturgeon Bay, Madison, LaCrosse, Shawano, Wautoma and Waukesha. We will be doing targeted outreach to areas within one hour’s drive of these locations.

If you belong to a local group or have some contacts in any of these areas and would like to help us get the word out, please let us know. We welcome help gathering contacts, posting to social media and putting up flyers.

Snapshot Wisconsin Headlines

Group of Bucks

Photo Caption: Group of bucks, Jackson County, August 23, 2017

There has been a lot of excitement about our statewide launch over the past few weeks. Visit the links below to read more and see even more photos from our trail camera network.

WXPR Radio – Rhinelander [exit DNR]

UW-Madison press release [exit DNR]

DNR press release

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Photo Gallery [exit DNR]

Snapshot Wisconsin Photo of the Month

The Snapshot Wisconsin photo of the month highlights favorite photos shared by our volunteers. To enter one of your favorites from a Snapshot Wisconsin camera, please send the image as a .jpeg attachment with the animal classification, county location and date taken along with the reason why you love the image to We will include your first name and county location in the newsletter featuring your submitted photo.

Snapshot photo of the month

Snapshot Photo of the Month – Marathon County

This month's images were submitted from a trail camera host in Marathon County and show a fawn and a doe with a bird perched on its back! The bird may have been doing a service for the doe by eating insects that were pestering her. The images were collected on June 24 of this year, which we all know is high time for annoying insects out in the woods!

You can view and classify other interesting photos from our cameras on our Zooniverse page.

Last revised: Monday May 06 2019