What eMammal Offers

eMammal offers volunteers an opportunity to explore local wildlife through the eyes of a camera trap, and the chance to contribute to a larger scale citizen science project. 

For scientists or land managers interested in using camera traps to survey or monitor wildlife, eMammal also offers a powerful set of tools. The eMammal team would create a new project that would be managed by a participating scientist or manager. Anyone using eMammal for research will receive training in how to use the website and other tools and then would be responsible for running the project, including managing volunteers and reviewing all images. 

eMammal works as follows:

1. Training

Training for volunteer camera trappers is available online. Training is important, as 95% of camera trapping is done correctly only after training. Project Managers can contact us for training materials under the Contact Us form in the sidebar above.

2. Data Management and Storage

By using eMammal, you can take advantage of all of the below:

  • Desktop software to review pictures, quickly tag sequences of photos with species names, and upload data for expert review. The software captures information on location, deployment, photo data and time and can be used offline in the field. Favorite photos get automatically imported to the eMammal website and becomes searchable
  • Expert Review Tool for project managers, or a second observer for research projects, to review all pictures and make changes to identifications as needed
  • Free long-term storage of photos and data in the Smithsonian data repository

Click on Data Management and Storage for more information.

3. Data Analysis and Visualization

  • Data download from eMammal.org. Protect your data for publication purposes with a short term embargo and conceal locations of all sensitive species
  • Run preliminary analyses on emammal.org including activity analysis, species richness and diversity indices, and species accumulation curves
  • Manage study design and direct staff and volunteers

See Data Analysis and Visualization for more!

4. Photo Sharing

You can share your camera trap photos online! 

  • Create a public web page highlighting your project, including an automatic carousel of all favorite photos.
  • Search for favorite photos from all projects, including your own, by date, species, project, or sub-project on the View Photos page

See Photo Sharing for more!

5. Camera Trap Recommendations

For Researchers/Land Managers

Your responsibilities

eMammal will create a home page and a project structure using information supplied by project managers. Groups using eMammal are responsible for executing all other tasks for a project. This includes designing the study, creating deployments in the website, supplying camera traps and other equipment, recruiting and managing volunteers,  reviewing data using the ERT, analyzing the data, and writing reports. 

eMammal has some suggestions on camera trap equipment and study design, as well as online training materials. The eMammal Academy provides school curricula based around camera traps for outreach and education. eMammal also provides some online tools for basic data analysis, and we hope to expand this in the future.


There is a one-time setup cost for creating a project and a per-deployment upload cost.  There is no cost for long-term storage of data, costs are only incurred while uploading data to pay for cloud computing fees. Cloud computing makes it possible to upload and review data from any computer with an internet connection, which is a critical component of managing large scale projects.  Please find more information on costs here.