The use of camera traps in wildlife monitoring and research has escalated in Australia over the last 10 years. Camera traps are used as a tool to conduct surveys or record general observations, often with the inherent assumption that they will result in high quality data with less investment by staff, thereby improving cost-benefit ratios. This has been reinforced by claims that camera trapping provides better results than standard surveys, such as live-trapping. Such assumptions and claims, however, need validating for the range of species and situation of interest. That is, considerably more research is required before many existing methods can confidently be replaced with camera trapping alternatives.
Resources and Downloads:
- PestSmart manual: An Introduction to Camera Trapping for Wildlife Surveys in Australia
- Camera Trapping data sheet: This data sheet provides a format for recording camera trap site data. The fields have been chosen based on input from many experts to ensure consistency in reporting between users and agencies. [120 kb Word doc]
- Camera Trapping Database: This camera trapping data base is designed to store camera trap site data directly related to the camera trapping data sheet, also found on this page. The data base is not an image storage and analysis program but provides a basic foundation for recording and storing site data. For recommendations on programs for storing and analysis camera trap data please refer to An Introduction to Camera Trapping for Wildlife Surveys in Australia. [4 Mb Microsoft Access Database. Download and save for use on your computer]
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