North America

Stone Mountain Trail Building

One of Roland Kays' lab's old projects.

Mecklenburg County, NC Division of Nature Preserves and Natural Resources

This project is run by the Mecklenburg County, NC Division of Nature Preserves and Natural Resources.  The project focused on surveying short-tailed weasels within the Mecklenburg County Preserve System and on surveying coyotes along an urban-rural gradient around the city of Charlotte, NC.

Urban to Wild

This project aims to understand the factors that promote the colonization of developed areas by predators, and discover the ecological implications of these changes in predation dynamics.

Wildlife in Your Watershed

The Wildlife in Your Watershed project uses custom software, cloud computing workflows, wildlife cameras, and teacher-developed curriculum to offer a STEM program that 1) builds significant technology skills, 2) connects students to nature, and 3) injects discovery into science education. Wildlife in Your Watershed is linked to eMammal, a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded citizen science project where volunteers place cameras in natural areas throughout the mid-Atlantic.

Prairie Ridge

This study is run by the North Carolina Museum of Natural Science.  It is a multi-year, year-round camera trapping survey of a small urban protected area in Raleigh, NC.


Study Design:

Eight cameras were placed in each of two habitats (small forest, open), four in each habitat at all times, and rotated around those habitats to established sites every 3 weeks and this rotation continued year-round indefinitely.

Recreation Effects on mid-Atlantic Wildlife

This project's goal was to investigate hunting (consumptive) and hiking (non consumptive) recreational effects on wildlife throughout the mid-Atlantic region.

Okaloosa S.C.I.E.N.C.E.

Okaloosa S.C.I.E.N.C.E. is a citizen science based camera trapping project in Okaloosa County, Florida which partners with the Okaloosa School District to enhance interest and performance in the sciences.

NCSU Camera Trapping

Home page for camera trap projects from North Carolina State University.

Museums Connect United States

Middle school classrooms in the United States are collecting data on local mammal populations.

Appalachian Trail

Appalachian Trail, Virginia, USA, 2007-2009 - Citizen-science based wildlife monitoring project using the Appalachian Trail as a MEGA-transect. Data was used to assess anthropogenic and landscape effects on mammal occupancy in the AT corridor.

Tyson Research Center ForestGEO

Our study was conducted at Washington University in St. Louis’ Tyson Research Center, located 25 miles (40 km) southwest of Saint Louis, Missouri (388310 N, 908330 W; mean annual temperature 13.58C; mean annual precipitation 957 mm). The 800-ha research center is located on the northeastern edge of the Ozark ecoregion and is largely dominated by deciduous oak-hickory forest.

Museums Connect Mexico

Middle school classrooms in Mexico are collecting data on local mammal populations in the Museums Connect program eMammal International.

Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute ForestGEO

The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center has installed a ForestGEO plot on their property.

Smithsonian Environmental Research Center ForestGEO

The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center has installed a ForestGEO plot on their property.

Triangle Camera Trap Survey

This project is run by the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and is focused on surveying mammals along an urban-rural gradient around the greater Raleigh-Durham, NC area. If you would like to participate in this project, please sign up at

Independent Camera Trap Survey

This project is run by the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and is focused on collecting camera-trap data from anyone who owns their own camera trap and wishes to survey their yard, town or adjacent natural area. It is open to participation from any volunteers owning a Bushnell or Reconyx brand camera.

Students Discover North Carolina

Students conduct authentic research in their classrooms using camera traps. Sign up here!

Carl Sandburg Home NHS

This is a survey of Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site aiming to quantify bear activity in and around the NHS.


Check out results here:

Carl Sandburg Home NHS Final Report

Raleigh Backyard Sustainability Survey

This project is run by the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences to survey the mammals that use sustainable features, such as compost piles and vegetable gardens, in backyards around Raleigh, NC. 

North Carolina's Candid Critters

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North Carolina's Candid Critters is a statewide survey run by the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in collaboration with the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission. This project is focused on surveying mammals across all 100 counties in North Carolina in order to identify what species are living where, providing information that will be used to enhance management and conservation practices. Click here for our blog!

The NC Chapter of The Nature Conservancy

The NC chapter of The Nature Conservancy owns and manages over 100,000 acres in the state of NC, with the goal to protect and conserve biodiversity. We are using camtraps to assess wildlife presence at our preserves, and thus better monitor the impact of our land protection efforts at a large scale, as well as assess the effectiveness of our management actions at individual sites.

UCSC Forest Ecology Research Plot ForestGEO

The Forest Ecology Research Plot (FERP) camera trapping study follows protocols established by the Smithsonian Tropical Reseach Institute/Center for Tropical Forest Science (Jansen et al. 2014), allowing for comparison with other ForestGEO mapped plots across the globe. This study aims at non-invasively documenting the presence and relative abundance of mammals on and around the FERP that may interact with the mapped plot’s vegetation.

LEAF School

The Learn and Serve Environmental Anthropology Field (LEAF) School at Edmonds Community College partners with tribes, government agencies, and non-profit organizations to engage students in the application of traditional ecological knowledge to contemporary problems. Current projects include monitoring wildlife corridors in Japanese and Big Gulch for the City of Mukilteo and Snohomish County.

Fresno Mammals

Our project takes place along the San Joaquin river in the Central Valley of California. Using camera traps we aim to observe how development and vegetation effects the use of riparian habitat by mammals.

SCBI Testing Grid

A study site for determining best practices of wildlife surveys based on camera traps.

British Columbia Parks Wildlife Monitoring Program

A collaboration between US and Canada’s Park systems to better understand and monitor species within the Skagit Valley Watershed.

WVU Wildlife and Fisheries Techniques Class

This is a research project conducted by undergraduate students enrolled in West Virginia University Wildlife and Fisheries Techniques class. This project will explore various questions of interest to students in forests along an urban / rural gradient.

Willowsford Conservancy Deer Impact Study

Estimate deer abundance within each of the four Willowsford Conservancy villages in Northern Virginia.

Sequoia National Park Foothills Monitoring

Despite being the most biologically rich ecosystem in the park, the foothills region of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks is vastly understudied. Using new and innovative methods in aquatic and terrestrial wildlife monitoring may reverse this knowledge gap, providing new and enriching education and community experiences.

Finger Lakes Wildlife and Trail Camera Hosts (FL WATCH)

FL WATCH is a citizen science project housed at Finger Lakes Community College to provide undergraduate research opportunities for students by answering questions about the wildlife in our region. We explore species ranges, activity periods and phenological questions.

Sonoran Desert Network

Long monitoring of medium and large mammals in 11 national parks in the American Southwest. Cameras are deployed to permanent locations annually in each park to assess species occurrence and estimate occupancy and species richness.

Investigating "Disgust" in Raccoons

This project investigates if raccoons perceive disgust. We conducted an experiment in which roadkilled raccoons, squirrels, and a stuffed animal were placed in front of a baited camera trap to see if raccoons would avoid the area with the roadkill raccoon. 

Eyes on Wildlife

Through Eyes on Wildlife, teachers in schools districts surrounding Front Royal, Virginia collaborate with scientists from the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI), to bring real scientific research to the classroom.

Woodland Park Zoo: River Otters as Ecological Health Biomonitors

Woodland Park Zoo is conducting research on river otters in the Green-Duwamish River, WA. River otters (Lontra canadensis) are apex predators that play an important role in aquatic ecosystems, and they accumulate contaminants via their diet of fish and invertebrates, potentially serving as biomonitors of watershed health. The lowest five miles of the Green-Duwamish is an EPA Superfund site, and the remainder of the watershed represents a mosaic of land-use types ranging from urban to wild.

Impacts of Urbanization on Animal Behavior

The urban-to-wild gradient of human development that surrounds most cities offers an excellent experimental setting to study the evolution of species to anthropogenic change. The novel challenges to the survival of wildlife in urban ecosystems (e.g. proximity to humans, busy roads, pollution) often lead to the decline and extirpation of many species from urban environments. However, the last few decades have shown that animals can adapt, as some species have recently colonized urban environments where they now thrive.

Central Cascades Wolverine Study

The WSDOT Snoqualmie Pass East Project offers a unique opportunity to examine genetic connectivity before, during, and after a landscape fracture zone is removed. Wolverine is one of many species studied as part of this interstate highway expansion and mitigation project and was selected as an indicator species for montane carnivores.

Seattle Urban Carnivore Project

The Seattle Urban Carnivore project is a partnership between Woodland Park Zoo and Seattle University and aims to explore how mammalian carnivores live and interact with people across urban and suburban areas in the Seattle region. The project consists of camera stations placed in parks and natural areas along two transects that span an urbanization gradient throughout the greater Seattle area, as well as some additional off-transect camera locations.