Anyone in North Carolina! That’s right. Anyone. If you have an interest in nature, wildlife, science, conservation, or just want an excuse to get outdoors, you can become a Candid Critters citizen scientist!
Yes! We have partnered with 41 libraries across the state to make cameras accessible to our citizen scientist volunteers living in all counties. Find out where the closest participating library is to you.
Trail cameras used in this project must have a trigger speed of <0.5 seconds/trigger. Check out our list of approved cameras for this project at the bottom of our About Page.
Take a look at our interactive project flowchart! This page will provide you with a quick refresher on what to do next.
Yes! We want to survey as many locations in NC as we can, so please do not survey the same site for more than 3 weeks. Once you survey a site, please move the camera to a new location at least 200 meters (~650ft) away from a previous camera site.
Look around the proposed site, if there is a good spot within about 50 meters that’s fine! If there still is nothing, email your volunteer coordinator.
Detection distance in an open area should be 10-12 meters, less where undergrowth is thick. If you have set in an open area and are getting less than that, your camera may not be parallel with the ground.
Check that the camera is parallel with the ground and that there is nothing obstructing it within 4 meters. If the temperature outside is over 90 degrees, the sensor may not be able to distinguish you from ambient temperature and you can skip the walktest in that case.
This indicates low batteries. Push the batteries in firmly and try again. If the battery indicator is under two bars, replace the batteries. Avoid leaving the Bushnells in Setup mode for a long time, this can drain the batteries quickly.
Nope! Most camera models will flash a red light as they are arming, but flashing will cease once armed. The camera will not make any sounds or flash any lights when armed (except at night).
Email your volunteer coordinator and s/he will mail you another key.
You need a deployment ID assigned to you. Complete a Site Description Form so your volunteer coordinator can create an ID for your deployment.
After you set your camera on private land, for each deployment.
Contact your volunteer coordinator and s/he will check if they received your upload. Record what the error said so you can tell them. Also be ready to supply them with specific information about your computer, such as the type (Mac or PC) and the RAM.
Be sure you have registered on the eMammal website and have received notification that your account has been approved. Make sure there are no special characters in your username or password.
After you upload your photos, they must go through a secondary, expert review process. This process allows us to validate the data submitted, and typically takes a week or so to complete. If your deployments are not showing up on the Deployment Summary page, your deployment images may still need final reviewing.
Contact your volunteer coordinator, s/he will make you a new deployment and you can upload the pictures again.
The ExifTool is a second tool that must be installed in addition to the main program. The .DMG for this component is located in the “SI eMammal Desktop” package you download with the main program.
Approved Camera Trap Models: Camera trap models used in this project are restricted to cameras with a trigger speed of <0.5 sec/trigger so we can make sure the camera captures as many animals as possible as they pass by. Please check the list below to determine if your camera is an accepted model.
Big Tine ADG
Browning: Command Ops Pro, Dark Ops (Apex, Extreme, Elite HD, HD Pro, or Pro XD), Defender 940, Strike Force (Apex, Elite HD, Extreme, Gen 5, Pro XD), 2017 Strike Force HD Pro, Spec Ops (Extreme or Advantage), Recon Force (Extreme or Advantage)
Bushnell: Aggressor, Bandit, Core (DS) No Glow, Essential, Impulse, Natureview, Trophy Cam HD
Covert: 2018 Black Maverick, Icecam
Cuddeback: Black Flash, Cuddelink (IR), Long Range IR, Long Range IR C2
Exodus Lift II
Hawk Ghost HD20
HCO Spartan No Glow (US Cellular)
Moultrie: All M-Series, Panoramic 180i, S-501, A40I Pro
Muddy Pro Cam 20
My Animal Command
Primos:Proof Cam 01, Proof Cam 02, Proof Cam 03, Proof Cam 02 GEN 2
Reconyx: HC 500, HC 550, HC 600, SM750 License Plate, SC950 (4G), MR5, MS8, Hyperfire 2
Rexing Woodlens H1 HD
SpyPoint: Solar, Force (10, 11D, GM, Dark), Link (S, Evo, Dark, Solar Dark) Verizon
Stealth Cam: DS4K, G30, G34 (Max), G42NG (Max), G45NG Pro, G45NGX, GXW, XV4
Timber Legend Outoors
Wildgame: Illusion 10, Silent Crush, Silent Crush 24 Lightsout, Mirage