Volunteer Camera Trappers

eMammal is organized into a series of research projects and we encourage keen camera trappers with their own camera traps (aka BYO) to join an existing project in their area provided they have a qualified camera type.  See below for a list of active projects recruiting volunteers! If no local projects are available, we would still love to include you in our 'BYO North America' project (if you live elsewhere and want to join let us know). To make sure the data you collect is comparable with other camera trappers it is important that you follow our protocol for exactly how to set a camera trap, and use a proven camera trap model.

There are a few important things to know about how eMammal sets camera traps that are different than some recreational camera trappers.  First, we don't use bait.  Second, we like our locations to be 'random' in regards to where animals move - please don't set on a salt lick or wallow. Trails are okay as long as you have been assigned that location randomly by the project maanager.  Finally, we set cameras at knee height to get pictures of all mammals, small and large. 

These guidelines are designed to collect standardized information on animals using an area.  It’s not that we are against running baited camera traps, or aiming them to see what's eating your garden, but baiting camera traps will bias data. Baited traps will attract some species, but can also repel others. Adding these images to the eMammal database will not allow us to properly evaluate differences between locations for scientific comparisons.

If you are still interested in participating, see below and partake in our online training to become a camera trapping expert.

Active Projects

The active citizen science projects available on the eMammal website are listed below. Click on the links below to find out more about getting involved, and email the Program Contact for more information.

North Carolina

Washington, DC/Virginia

New York

Worldwide