How do scientists at Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks use camera traps?
Since 1898, the City of Boulder, Colorado has been preserving open spaces for the enjoyment of all. The Open Space and Mountain Parks Department (OSMP) currently manages 45,000 acres of undeveloped prairies, agricultural lands, and forests along the base of the Rocky Mountains. Remote camera traps are an important tool that OSMP uses to monitor wildlife on these lands. They deploy cameras to help gather information on what types of animals are found on certain properties, or to monitor the health of particular species like American beavers and black-tailed prairie dogs. In this video, OSMP Wildlife Technician Christian Nunes discusses how OSMP uses camera trapping to achieve their management goals, and what they have learned from the camera data they have collected.
What animals live on the Blue Ridge Parkway?
Through a project funded by the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation the National Park Service is trying to determine just that! Using heat and motion sensor cameras, park biologists, and a cadre of “citizen scientists” are setting up camera traps at locations throughout the 470-mile route of the Blue Ridge Parkway. The cameras are mounted to trees and capture photos of animals as they walk in front of the camera.