The U.S. Geological Survey’s Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center (NRMSC) has placed remote cameras at locations in the Rocky Mountains that records actions of the wildlife. The video can be accessed at NRMSC’s website by both the general public and scientists who use the footage to work on issues as diverse as global climate change, aquatic ecology, wildlife diseases, bison ecology and large carnivores.
The NRMSC’s remote cameras are used world-wide to address a variety of research and management objectives for wildlife species that are often difficult to find track, and capture. The center says the cameras are an effective tool for investigating wildlife behavior, as well as documenting species presence and have been used to improve wildlife live-trapping methods and to document use of highway crossing structures.
The NRMSC’s remote sensing camera system consists of an infrared motion detector and a still or video camera. Improvements in camera technology, sampling design, and analytical methods continue to broaden the range of applications, the center says. Its sensors can be either passive (similar to household motion; detecting lights) or active, where a beam must be broken, for example, by an animal traveling down a trail. In addition, the camera systems are relatively affordable, easily implemented, and have little impact on study animals.
For making nature available on the Internet, the NRMSC is Government Video’s Website of the Week.