Snapshot Wisconsin

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Snapshot Wisconsin is a statewide wildlife monitoring program that relies on volunteers to host trail cameras throughout the year. Trail cameras are mounted to trees or posts and take photos when triggered by the movement and heat of a passing animal. Once the photos are uploaded and classified by the Zooniverse community, they become data that can be used to understand patterns of animal occurrence.

Our main objective is to gather wildlife data using the power of citizen science. Using WDNR’s equipment and training, volunteers set up trail cameras and monitor them year-round. Volunteers can now apply to host a camera anywhere in Wisconsin where they have access to land (visit our website for more information). Trail camera volunteers set up a camera and retrieve SD cards (containing saved photos) at least four times per year. Volunteers upload the photos to WDNR to post on Zooniverse.

Visit our WDNR project page for statistics on volunteer participation and number of photos collected. You may notice that many of our photos are of elk. To monitor the reintroduced elk herds in Wisconsin, the WDNR has established trail camera networks in Black River Falls, Clam Lake and Flambeau River State Forest. The elk project is intended to provide an accurate and cost-effective system for monitoring the elk herds. We are estimating abundance, cow/bull ratios, and recruitment annually. Additionally, we are gaining a picture of other wildlife species populations within the elk range.

For more information about this project and how to participate, please navigate here
Please remember to click the green “Register” button on the upper right hand side of this page if you participate in this virtual service opportunity!
Requirement Details
Wondering if you should register to volunteer? Based on the CDC guidelines, we are asking you the following questions:
  1. Have you been exposed to someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19? See the CDC’s risk assessment guidance.

  2. Do you have symptoms consistent with COVID-19? Symptoms can include a cough or shortness of breath or at least two of the following: Fever, Chills, Repeated shaking with chills, Muscle pain, Headache, Sore throat, New loss of taste or smell. See the CDC’s symptom information.

If you answered "yes" to any of those questions, we ask you not to register. We are doing all we can to align with best practices and keep our community healthy.
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