WildCAM Protocols

Guide to camera trap set up

We have developed a guide highlighting some of the major considerations camera trap users should have in mind when deciding where and how to set up their camera traps. It is meant as a general guide for those who may have limited experience with formal sampling methods but are interested in having their camera trap photos used in research to support wildlife science and management.

WildCAM guide to camera trap set up (updated May 8, 2020)

To facilitate standardization of data collection in camera trap set up, we have also created WildCAM data collection sheets that can be used in the field during camera deployment and during camera visits or retrieval. Our datasheets are consistent with metadata standards developed by Wildlife Insights and the RISC Wildlife Camera Metadata standards. We encourage you to use them and hope they are useful for users when deploying, checking, and retrieving cameras in the field.

WildCAM datasheet for camera trap deployment (updated May 8, 2020)

WildCAM datasheet for camera trap visits or retrieval (updated May 8, 2020)

We welcome feedback from others so if you there is anything that you think should be added to the above guide, or to the datasheets, please let us know. You can contact us at one or all of the following emails: info@wildcams.caalys.granados@ubc.ca, cole.burton@ubc.ca.


Sampling design recommendations

We are currently in the process of designing a standardized protocol to help researchers decide which sampling design is most appropriate for their research goals. When complete, we will post it here, so please be sure to keep checking our website for related news and updates. In the meantime please refer to our resource library page for recommended resources.