We've seen lots of critters, but why should we care?

Submitted by Monica Lasky on August 14, 2018 - 1:00pm


I think most of us can agree that it’s always exciting to see photos of cute little fawns in lush meadows, big black bears roaming the woods, and male turkey toms displaying their beautiful, multi-colored plumage. But why does Candid Critters, along with many other scientists, care so much about photos of wildlife? Are biologists just excited to see adorable animals like the rest of us, or is there a purpose to their interest?

Our First Deployments!

Submitted by Megan Blance on May 1, 2018 - 4:46pm

Spring is finally arriving in Front Royal and now we’re starting to see our first deployments from teachers in Warren and Rappahannock Counties.  With our camera traps, students have seen what local wildlife are up to while they’re in class.  You can see below some of our favorite photos!

eMammal workshop with Western Kimberley indigenous rangers

Submitted by Michael Wysong on February 26, 2018 - 2:05am

On February 22, several indigenous ranger programs from the Western Kimberley came together learn about eMammal and to test out the eMammal app on photos from the Spectacled Hare-Wallaby survey project.  The workshop included an overview camera trapping as well as of eMammal with some discussions on how to manage camera trap data for indigenous ranger programs. Ranger coordinators and indigenous Rangers from 4 different programs attended the workshop and each participant got the opportunity to use the eMammal app and practice identifying species.  

Camera trapping with Virginia Teachers

Submitted by Megan Blance on February 12, 2018 - 2:11pm

The Eyes on Wildlife project is a collaboration between the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, Friends of the National Zoo, and teachers in the Front Royal, Virginia area to bring eMammal citizen science to middle school and high school students. Teachers can use eMammal lesson plans created using Virginia Standards of Learning as well as collect their own data for analysis in the classroom.

We are online!

Submitted by SCBI Staff on November 21, 2017 - 4:16pm

The first eMammal project in Australia is now up and running!  This project represents a collaboration between three indigenous ranger programs with support from WWF Australia, in the Western Kimberley region which is part of the state of Western Australia.  The three ranger groups came together back in June 2017 and over a period of 3 days put out over 50 camera traps across a large portion of area that includes the traditional lands of the Yawuru, Karajarri, Nyikina and Mangala peoples. Our goal was to look for the elusive, rare spectacled hare-wallaby and find it we did!