Remote Cameras

We deploy digital remote cameras (Reconyx, Inc., Holmen, Wisconsin) at as many of our hair-sampling stations as possible, depending on camera availability. Cameras are aimed at the sampling device such that visiting animals will be detected by the sensor and photographed (see Photo Gallery).

Researcher Paula MacKay deploys a remote camera. Credit: Robert Long

A camouflaged remote camera. Credit: Paula MacKay

A camouflaged remote camera. Credit: Paula MacKay

Today’s digital remote cameras are capable of capturing thousands of images before the memory card requires changing, thus minimizing the need for revisits. Furthermore, most units can be programmed to record many frames with a single trigger of the sensor, resulting in a series of images that provide a pseudo-video effect when viewed in quick succession. Such pseudo-videos yield valuable insights into animal behavior, and specifically allow us to evaluate how animals interact with detection devices.

See pseudo-video of a coyote visiting a marten hair-snagging station

Remote cameras can also detect non-target animals that might not be sampled by our hair-snagging devices—including rare species.

Three cougars are captured by remote camera.

Three cougars captured by remote camera.

A moose is captured by remote camera.

A moose poses for the camera.