Help study wildlife in NC by running a motion sensitive “camera trap” on your property or public land. You get to look through the animal pictures, then upload them as part of the study. Roland Kays, project director and head of the Biodiversity Research Lab at the Museum of Natural Sciences, said the goal is to have 20,000 to 30,000 active sites over the next three years, which would make it the world’s largest camera trap survey.
The study will use the data to map trends in animal populations across the state and share the results with you. This is a statewide camera trap project in which volunteers run cameras to capture and share pictures of mammals. The goal of this survey is to:
• Engage the public in citizen science
• Increase awareness of surrounding wildlife
• Collect data on animal abundance and distribution
Starting Jan. 23, you can go online to request a camera to check out at Candid Critters, with deployment scheduled for March.
Candid Critters is a collaboration between NC State University, NC Museum of Natural Sciences, NC Wildlife Resources Commission, the State Library of NC, NC Cardinal, the Public Libraries of North Carolina, and the Smithsonian.