Game changer! Introducing the amazing @SwarovskiOptik dG. This badass piece of Equipment identifies any bird you point it at and immediately gives you the species name to your phone via the #Merlin app. Truly revolutionary! pic.twitter.com/fRrEcLhxZ8 Retweeted by Fiera Biological

Can you tell if this is a White Tail or a Mule Deer? How do you know? #CameraTrapTuesday #AlbertaMammals pic.twitter.com/Eym3OJN9PB Retweeted by Fiera Biological

Camera Trapping

Camera trapping refers to the use of remote game cameras to study wildlife. This remote monitoring approach can tell us a lot about the diversity, movement patterns, habitat use, and abundance of wildlife in remote locations or over long periods of time, at relatively low cost.

Although the wide-spread use of camera trapping is relatively new to wildlife research, management, and monitoring, the technology is not new to Fiera. Our experience with camera trapping goes back more than 16 years, to before the cameras were digital, to when each camera had only a 36 picture capacity!

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Mountain goats captured on an analogue 36 picture capacity game camera, circa 2002. Credit: Shari Clare, Fiera Biological

As a result of Fiera Biological’s long history with camera traps, we have loads of experience deploying and managing camera traps for a wide range of species and study objectives. From monitoring changes in trail use by mountain goats due to forest harvest, to assessing the movement of wildlife in urban corridors to inform development design, to before and after development monitoring in sensitive habitats in the shadow of Oilsands development, to province-wide systematic sampling for biodiversity, our team has done it all.

Does your project require large-scale, long term wildlife monitoring? Get in touch to learn how we can help.

Enjoy the photos below, which were all captured using remote camera technology:

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Woodland Caribou
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American Marten
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River Otter
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Sandhill Crane