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Subject: Camera Trapping for Wildlife Research & Monitoring (ONLINE)

COURSE DESCRIPTION: The use of camera traps in wildlife monitoring and research has grown dramatically in recent years as camera trap technology and analytical approaches continue to develop. This course is intended to provide an overview of the use of camera traps in wildlife studies. The course will cover all aspects of camera trapping for wildlife studies, from camera trap selection to analytical approaches. Students will review the history and development of camera trapping as a tool for wildlife studies, examine variation in camera trap technologies, and explore various study designs, camera trap placements, data management software, and analytical approaches. Using case-studies, students will learn about the unique challenges associated with camera trapping in a variety of habitats – from temperate to tropical, arboreal to aquatic. For course completion, students will be expected to develop a camera trapping protocol for a study of their choosing – including camera selection, settings preferences, study design, data management, and analytical approach.

PREREQUISITES: None. This course is recommended for those interested in taking Occupancy Modeling or Image Recognition.


  • History, current status, and the future of camera trapping in wildlife studies
  • Study design examples and considerations
  • Camera trap models & technologies
  • Camera placement and logistics in the field
  • Photo management: from field to data
  • Artificial Intelligence image recognition
  • Photo tagging and data management, including exploring Camelot, Zooniverse, CamtrapR, and Wildlife Insights
  • Analysis of camera trap data – considerations, limitations, and examples
  • Tapping into existing data 
  • Development and sharing (photo management platform, and photo tagging fields and management)

FORMAT: Students will take the course at their own pace over a four-week period. The course is divided into discrete competency-based modules composed of pre-recorded lecture material and hands-on exercises. Student interaction and instructor feedback will be provided in the form of email, online discussion forums, and live Q&A sessions. Each student will also have the opportunity over the last 2 weeks to meet with the instructor via one-on-one video consultation to discuss their individual project from school or work.

DATES: August 1-26, 2022

CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDIT: This course is approved by The Wildlife Society (16 CEUs) and the Ecological Society of America (in review, 4 CEUs). CEU’s are included for FREE.

PRICE: Early bird course fee (before June 1): $550 professional / $450 student

SCHOLARSHIPS: Scholarships are available to participants residing in and training in countries designated as “lower income” and “lower middle income” in the World Bank List of Economies. Please visit our World Scholars Program page for more details: https://www.centerforwildlifestudies.org/cws-world-scholars-program

To learn more/to register, please visit: https://www.centerforwildlifestudies.org/courses/cameratrapping2022

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Tuesday, April 19, 2022