Protocols Developed by Other Organizations

Many organizations have their own collaborative camera trapping programs tailored to their specific needs and thus have guidelines, protocols, and recommendations for setting up wildlife cameras for wildlife studies. These are a great source of information to draw from when designing your own project and its protocols. We have compiled examples from many of the largest collaborative camera trapping organizations below.


Metadata Standards

Based on Forrester et al.'s 2016 paper outlining their suggested Camera Trap Metadata Standards (CTMS; which has now become the global standard), the government of British Columbia has produced their own standards: the RISC Wildlife Camera Metadata Protocol. Witihn it, they adapt Forester et al.'s CTMS for use within the British Columbia Wildlife Species Inventory data management system. Either offer acceptable metadata management protocols for WildCAM.


Other Protocols Developed By Other Organizations

Conservation Northwest's Remote Camera Trap Installation and Servicing Protocol

eMammal's Camera Trapping Recommendations and Resources

The Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute's Camera Trap Protocol

The Wildlife Conservation Society's Jaguar Survey Protocols

The TEAM Network's Camera Trap Sampling Protocol

The up-and-coming Wildlife Insight network's collection of suggestions and resources

Instructional video (5 min) from the UK of how to set up a camera trap by Alastair Hughes-Roden, MSc (Tracker Al)


Other Camera Trap Networks

Wildlife Camera Network Northwest is another camera network in western North America that is a repository of expertise for the science of camera trapping.