Explore and compare the use of digital technology to monitor wild mammals with PhD researcher, Sian Green.
Camera traps are a fun and useful tool used to monitor wildlife. Camera traps are triggered to take a photo or video when wildlife moves in front them, thus providing a record of the species present. As camera technology improves, use of video is becoming increasingly popular due to the high-quality footage it can provide, but does it also bring benefits for ecological monitoring? Is it easier to identify a species in a video? Are more animals recorded? Or does the slower trigger speed of cameras taking video and longer time needed to process video footage have negative consequences for wildlife monitoring?
During this talk we will look at the answers to these questions based on a survey from Forest of Dean where camera traps were placed in pairs with one camera taking photos and the other videos, allowing us to compare the data sets. Some of you have already been introduced to this survey from a previous talk, but with the help of MammalWeb contributors we can now look at the data and find some answers!
Watch this talk on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLXvxMVjjl3KmITjQjbKAjQ
About the Speaker
Sian Green is a PhD student from Durham University working with the citizen science project MammalWeb. Her research interests are in the use of camera traps for mammal monitoring and public engagement.