Open Spaces: Photo Tour: Camera Traps

Photo Tour: Camera Traps

Have you ever heard of camera traps?  

They're cameras triggered by a combination of motion and heat to capture images of wildlife.  The following images were part of a four-camera project involving students from New Mexico's Rio Rancho High School who worked with the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish and the staff of Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge to record mammal life on the refuge.  

About 200 students sorted through the resulting 16,000 photographs to document the presence and behavior of 11 mammal species, including some that were previously not known to inhabit the refuge!

Here's what the camera looks like to take the pictures - scent post were placed near the cameras.

The Camera Trap cameraCamera used in Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, NM camera trap project by Matthew Farley, Jennifer Miyashiro and James Stuart.  Photo made available by J.N. Stuart, Creative Commons

Camera Trap BobcatsFemale bobcat and two young at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, NM camera trap project by Matthew Farley, Jennifer Miyashiro and James Stuart.  Photo made available by J.N. Stuart, Creative Commons

Camera Trap CoyoteCoyote at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, NM camera trap project by Matthew Farley, Jennifer Miyashiro and James Stuart.  Photo made available by J.N. Stuart, Creative Commons

Camera Trap JavelinaJavelina with piglets at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, NM camera trap project by Matthew Farley, Jennifer Miyashiro and James Stuart.  Photo made available by J.N. Stuart, Creative Commons

Camera Trap Mule DeerMule deer fawn at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, NM camera trap project by Matthew Farley, Jennifer Miyashiro and James Stuart.  Photo made available by J.N. Stuart, Creative Commons

The project was conducted by biology teachers Matthew Farley and Jennifer Miyashiro with support from James Stuart of the New Mexico Dept. of Game and Fish. Check out more of the pictures here.

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Lygalyn's Gravatar These cameras are wonderful for capturing night pics of animals that run around my yard at night. Otherwise, I'd never see them.
# Posted By Lygalyn | 1/30/12 3:11 PM

Last updated: June 21, 2012