Everything about camera traps.
Dear Anthony and Michal,
Many thanks for the suggestions! Anthony, I have sent you a message through the site you linked to. I'd be interested to know more about the cameras you are using.
Michal, it's good to know about Wyze - I had not come across them. We're working with the... (read more)
Dear Members of Ending Wildlife Trafficking Online,
Greetings from India!
Hope you are well and taking good care of yourself. :-)
Dear Members, If you are a biologist, scientist, researcher or conservationist, please help us fill out the survey or connect us to... (read more)
Just saw this on Twitter - a database of all kinds of camera trap user manuals across brands and models. Thought it might be a helpful resource if you're struggling with an old or used camera that you don't have the manual for.
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Have you ever wanted to get a sample from the top of a tree, without having to climb it or shoot it out with a shotgun? Would it be cool to place a sensor or trap in the canopy of a tree to gather data or insects?
The tree canopy, in our cities and forests, is one of the least... (read more)
Starting a thread here so there's a place to share upcoming talks, webinars, workshops and other events that are related to AI for conservation.
If you are hosting or see an event that this group should know about, please post below. After an event, please update... (read more)
Thanks Carly! I was thinking similar things, you can identify shape a lot better when you see an object with depth rather than without.
The two cameras can be configured to be a long distance apart or closer together too which means animals right up close or really far away can be... (read more)
Great talk! I thoroughly enjoyed it. Some high schoolers have done small AI projects(s) and have interest in the wildlife.
What resources would you all suggest to further develop high schooler’s interest in AI?
I am resurrecting this thread as WILDLABS is currently planning an online tutorial on camera trap repairs in the field on 23rd July at 11 AM ET on which I'll be co-presenting. Do join then if the topic is still of interest! Also, if you've got repair tips you'd be willing... (read more)
I'm not aware of any guidelines published, but we've got the smooth coated otter in our camera traps before, and I suggest you follow a stratified sampling approach. You can stratify habitats along streams and flowing water bodies and place camera traps along stream banks... (read more)
Dear all Wildlabs members,
If you are a biologist, scientist, researcher or conservationist, please help us fill out the survey or connect us to both institutions that you know or your friends and colleagues for our research “Science and technology application for Wildlife Conservation... (read more)
Your diagramme shows a USB connection between the camera and the RPi. What kind of camera is it? Also, does this mean the RPi lives with the camera in the field?
Very interesting work.
-harold (read more)
Thanks Kate - that's really helpful. The company in question are investors in an emerging high-end aquaculture venture and I assume their interest is around utilising individual fish tracking to drive greater efficiency i.e. to adjust feed inputs, estimate growth rates, detect disease etc. all... (read more)
I'm working on developing an average speed camera system using a Raspberry Pi and an Arduino that will be used in Zimbabwe on a road that has a very high wildlife fatality rate from collisions with speeding vehicles.
My thought flow has an air switch that spans across the road that... (read more)
That is quite shocking to hear that a road could be so detrimental to wildlife. If you were able to place a speed hump or rumble strip where you place the camera you could even embed the metal detecting sensor in them to ensure accurate detection of every vehicle when they... (read more)
I'm a PhD student at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences using various wildlife monitoring technologies to monitor large terrestrial vertebrates across the Brazilian Amazon. In the past years, I've been doing a lot of camera trapping in rainforests, and there is... (read more)
This forum is for questions that we couldn't get to during the event. Here are some to get the conversation started, and please feel free to ask your own.
- Where should I be sharing data?
- How can we best collaborate?
- How can we encourage non-... (read more)
I am looking at LoRa for high resolution GPS tracking, and the project also involves camera trapping at scent marking sites. Power is already limiting collar lifetime (most of it goes to the GPS rather than the LoRa module), but transmitting real time pictures from marking... (read more)
Hi! I've been working in the background on a project to try to push the world of wildlife camera trapping into new formats by looking for ways to hack 360 cameras. I want scientists and conservationists to have a tool that frees them a bit from the "placement bias" of standard camera traps, and... (read more)
I just wanted to flag to all those working at the intersection of camera-trapping and AI, that there is a symposium coming up on the subject, hosted by a group of US institutions (Rutgers University and Google, among them), with options for (no fee) virtual attendance. I will be... (read more)
I have exactly the same questions!
Over the last few years there has been a proliferation of cheap camera traps flooding the market (Apeman, Distianert, Crenova...the list is long). I wouldn't normally recommend budget cameras like these (<$100) for research (... (read more)
For the 808s I normally go through links on the chucklohr website, the absolute oracle on 808s. My last purchase were Mate 808 1080P "spy" cameras, with a long camera cable, they do away with the whole plastic housing and just give you the board with components. I ordered from their website in... (read more)
"Residents of the Forest" Series: New episode brings images of the giant armadillo, the largest and rarest armadillo of the world The Amazon’s armadillos are the protagonists of the eighth episode of the series "Residents of the Forest". The new set of unpublished and exclusive images captured... (read more)
There was a talk recently at ZSL where a similar thing was found using camera traps studying wild pigs in the Osa Penisula. Tracking and other audio evidence showed that the pigs populations were circumnavigating camera traps which appeared to be giving a reduced level of detection.
@... (read more)
My friend Charbax of ARMDevices.net posted a video about STM's 60GHz Short Range RF system. This module was announced recently at Embedded World 2019, it is designed to provide high bandwith link over short distances. It seems to be perfect for transfering images from camera traps that are... (read more)
Perhaps the new generation of low-power and high performance boards based on RISC V might allow us to build camera traps that could handle high resolution imagery.
Has anyone got their hands on these boards yet?
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I think that tracking would be an interesting way to go, but the issue is that if you do discover who takes it and the person is dangerous, how can it be handled. I guess it's more of a game of deterrents and understanding why people take the cameras. If they just think they are security cameras... (read more)
It sounds like the Iris on the lens may be stuck open or its been drifting into an open position (hence why you could see images for a while, but now the image is completely whited out). Is there the ability to alter the lens Iris on the camera?
If you can view what... (read more)
Amaxing, thank you! We had to put them out already so have gone with the super-tech solution of a *very* high pole for now but will look at speaking to Sebastian, or with your contact Rachel if that fails. Thank you so much! Chloe (read more)
Lora technology enables a range of very efficient solutions that you can deploy over a large area. We provide consultancy and field support for deploying such networks and work with Arribada team on developing custom hardware solutions for various applications in the... (read more)
Our group in Australia has developed a device for monitoring wild dogs/dingoes in remote areas and have a fully authomated system using Iridium and or 3-4G if available. This device is officially called Wild Dog Alert Node and will be capable of being deployed into remote... (read more)
I am doing the almost same thing, since here we have a problem between elephant and human living in the same area and conflict a lot. We would like to warn people when elephants are approching by camera trap's detection of elephants.
How is your work now? Maybe we... (read more)
My preference is to use Adobe Lightroom, allowing me to move forwards or backwards one frame at a time. I can also adjust the exposure. This is an example from one of my videos.
I hope this is helpful.(read more)
I'm honored to be part of this WILDLABS group and specifically this Camera Trap forum. I hope that what I've learned weekly over the past 14 years will help others. Most of my work in Colorado has been focused on mountain lions. I was face bumped by a male mountain lion 14 years ago in the Never... (read more)
Consultancy opportunity with WWF-UK
Collation and cleaning of global camera-trapping data
Interested in getting hands-on experience managing massive troves of camera-trapping data? Want to engage with leaders in camera-trapping from around the world and identify globally-... (read more)
The sequence of images in the attached brief report shows why camera traps must be tested with real animal targets, and not with humans. The camera easily detects a human, but misses multiple images of the target dog. (read more)
When you mention 'location' you refer to the location of the images from where they are imported from? And not the gps location from the EXIF data if it's available, right?
Yes, that's right -- I should have said the 'directory of those images'.... (read more)
The following two papers describe our attempst to develop an open source RPi camera trap platform with long range communications capability, and may be of interest:
Nazir, S., Fairhurst, G., Verdicchio, F., 2017. WiSE - a satellite-based system for remote monitoring. Int. J. Satell.... (read more)
If you're planning a camera trap survey, then look no further. We've read through most (all?!) of the camera trap literature, so you don't have to.
We've now released Camera-trapping for Conservation: a guide to best-practices.
Have a look at... (read more)
They will want a camera with good tolerance to humidity + precipitation (so a camera with a proper O-ring seal, and pack it with regularly-dried silica gel). Elephants will likely have a go at the cameras - so they will want to think about protecting their cameras with heavy-... (read more)
Fair point, it isn't a peer reviewed article as yet. I had a poke around out of curiosity and wasn't able to track down a fully published paper yet (thought it's been a while since this preprint was released...). On reading, were there any issues that stood out to you that others should be aware... (read more)
Not quite. I'm coordinating a fauna monitoring project for a Landcare network and, of course, we hope to get phascogales. I've just retrieved a batch of cameras from nest box monitoring duty for the phascogale project and their next role will be to investigate a possible sighting... (read more)
A number of good points have been made. In terms of remote-enable camera traps, you will mainly find one that use cellular data signals to transmit images. Typically these are thumbnails rather full resolution, so you will likely still need to retrieve teh emory cards for analysis. Also, traps... (read more)
The facts are simple. If you violate the assumption of independence of sampling events you will bias the result. In the event of multiple observations by overestimating occupancy due to counting the same animal twice. There is therefore no answer to your problem. People try to overcome it by... (read more)
You might also consider becoming involved in the eMammal project (emammal.si.edu) that the Smithsonian has recently developed. It has tools for both uploading and coding camera trap images, with the bonus that they are ultimately archived and made available by the Smithsonian... (read more)
for Site - in our camera trap data base we use the mountain or National/Nature park
Survey - is connected to the time scale - i.e. This mountain2015 or 2016
Station is the actual place of the cameras (1 or 2) with GPS coordinates
Diana (read more)
We have a set of three Bushnells covering an African wild dog scent-marking site. They are at the apices of a triangle, with each camera just at the edge of the field of view of one of the others. This gives us a higher probability of detecting animals at the site, a better view of the action on... (read more)
You are right in that cyberpoaching is becoming an increasing risk. I have seen various cases where information posted on social media has provided too much information and then ended up in the wrong hands (e.g. ... (read more)