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Have you ever wondered what wildlife is in your backyard or on your property? You and your family can monitor wildlife with remote trail cameras and directly participate in citizen science by providing us with the data to aid in wildlife research efforts!

What is a remote camera?

It is a camera that records images when triggered by motion, either as a still photograph or a video - It is a rugged and weatherproof device designed for extended and unmanned use outdoors. For scientists, it is a camera placed by a researcher or photographer to conduct non-invasive research and collect data that shows an animal’s behavior when humans are not present.

These cameras most often contain a light or heat motion sensor to trigger the camera to take a picture or video when something moves in front of the sensor on the camera. Remote cameras obtain footage that would likely not be possible with human presence.

Picking a Camera

Pricing and Options

Remote cameras range from $70 to $700 per unit. Additional accessories include: SD memory card ($10-$50 each), ultimate lithium or NiMH rechargeable batteries, security enclosure (metal box to prevent theft), and a padlock and security cable. Depending on your security needs, you may not need all of these.

We Recommend the Following Brands:

  • Bushnell
  • Reconyx
  • Moultrie
  • Browning

Note on choosing your camera:

As with anything, you get what you pay for. The most important specifications to focus on are the following:

  • Photo quality
  • trigger speed
  • battery life

We highly recommend either the Bushnell Trophy Cam models or the Reconyx models.

From the recommended models, below is a list of pros and cons for each camera:

Reconyx Models - Very fast trigger speed (0.2 seconds), great photo quality, very good battery life (up to 1 year on a set of lithium batteries), no video capability on most models (but utilizes Rapidfire technology)

Bushnell Trophy Cam Models - Fast trigger speed, good photo quality, good battery life

We are more than happy to work with you to help you purchase the camera and accessories you need from the best possible sources. Just let us know how we can be of assistance.

How to Set Up Your Camera

You can contact us directly and BAPP staff will help you set-up your camera.

When your camera station is set-up, you can contact us. We will give you the instructions and provide you with the data sheets to record your data as a citizen scientist for wildlife research.

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