Enjoy Trail Camera Photos While Assisting Conservation
Trail or game cameras can be a tremendous aid to wildlife researchers. But researchers have to set out a lot of cameras, and that means a lot of photos to sort. Finding photos with the research animal in a biodiverse area like East Africa can require sifting through thousands of photos.
That’s where you come in. You can sort through trail camera images from your laptop or phone. Zooniverse – a program that offers numerous citizen science efforts you can undertake from home – offers a way for you to look at trail camera photos and benefit conservation.
You simply look through photos and identify the wildlife. There are tutorials to help you make a positive ID. Finding cool wildlife becomes like a treasure hunt (and an addicting one).
Here are two great options:
Wildwatch Kenya offers you the chance to sort through photos from community conservation projects in northern Kenya. The photos are being used to identify the effects of conservation practices on giraffes and other species.
WildCam Gorongosa has you looking through images from Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique. This park was once one of the most diverse on earth, but it was decimated by a civil war. Now the park is a major conservation success – and you can help researchers track the recovery by documenting the wildlife you see in the trail camera photos.