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Trail camera

Deployed Snapshot Wisconsin camera

Snapshot Wisconsin is a volunteer-based project which utilizes a statewide network of trail cameras to monitor wildlife year-round. From coniferous forests to vast prairies, volunteers host trail cameras throughout Wisconsin’s landscapes. The photos of diverse wildlife captured on Snapshot Wisconsin cameras are hosted online, where they can be classified by volunteers across the globe. The resulting dataset is used to inform WDNR management decisions, and help us learn more about Wisconsin’s wildlife.

Volunteer application

Apply to volunteer as a trail camera host and receive a unique opportunity to view local wildlife in their natural habitat. Free training and equipment are provided to accepted applicants. The requirements include access to at least ten contiguous acres of land, basic computer skills and the ability to check the camera every 90 days for at least one year. From bevvies of playful otters to gray foxes scurrying up trees, apply today [exit DNR] to see what exciting shots of wildlife you can capture on a Snapshot Wisconsin camera!

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Photos collected by Snapshot Wisconsin cameras are hosted on Zooniverse, a crowdsourcing website for citizen science projects. Thousands of volunteers worldwide participate on Zooniverse by identifying wildlife captured in Snapshot Wisconsin photos. With multiple volunteers viewing each image, a highly accurate consensus classification is made. From black bears to badgers, see what critters you can spot roaming the Wisconsin forests! Classify photos on Zooniverse [exit DNR] today to get involved.

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Elk project

Wisconsin Elk

Sawyer County elk captured by a Snapshot
Wisconsin camera

Networks of Snapshot Wisconsin trail cameras have been established in Black River Falls, Clam Lake and Flambeau River State Forest to monitor reintroduced elk herds. These Snapshot Wisconsin cameras provide an accurate and cost-effective way to estimate abundance, cow/bull ratios and recruitment annually. Our ‘grand vision’ for this project is to rely on those folks that care most about Wisconsin’s elk, who can commit time and energy and put boots on the ground to help monitor the herd.

To get involved, please email Snapshot Wisconsin team with the subject line “Elk Monitoring” and include the region in which you are interested in monitoring a camera. Learn more about elk reintroduction in Wisconsin.

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Last revised: Wednesday August 15 2018