North Carolina’s Candid Critters operates with the help of hundreds of citizen scientists across North Carolina. Volunteers first sign up for the project, go through a short training course, then set a trail camera on public lands or their own property. After the camera is retrieved, citizen scientists then upload their data to the eMammal database.
Interested in participating in Candid Critters? Signup here!
All volunteers can set their cameras on pre-selected sites on public lands or on private land. Each site should only be surveyed ONCE. Each new camera site (deployment) should be moved to a new location at least 200 meters (~650ft) from a previous site.
Participants can check out cameras through participating libraries across the state! Cameras are available for volunteers throughout North Carolina. Cameras that are borrowed from us can be placed on pre-selected sites on public lands or on your own land (residential yards are limited to one site/volunteer). We are interested in surveying a variety of sites across the state that include forested, open, and developed areas.
Volunteers who already own a camera trap may deploy the camera where the participant has permission as soon as the online training is complete! 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.
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 of acceptable camera models for the NC Candid Critters Project.
If you would like to purchase a camera for this project, we would be happy to advise you on camera models.
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