Members of WildCAM’s steering committee are helping to organize a camera trap conference in May 2020, in partnership with the Columbia Mountains Institute of Applied Ecology. Hosted in Kimberley, BC, the conference is entitled "Scaling Up Camera Trap Surveys to Inform Regional Wildlife Conservation." This conference could be of use to anyone in the WildCAM network!
More information can be found at: https://cmiae.org/event/scaling-up-camera-trap-surveys-to-inform-regional-wildlife-conservation/
The conference description can also be found below.
"The exponential growth in the use of camera traps (aka remote cameras, trail cams) is revolutionizing wildlife monitoring. Improvements and cost-reductions in camera trap technology, advances in statistical and computing methods for analysis, and a growing awareness of the need to monitor wildlife across large spatial and temporal scales, are all leading to increasing use of this powerful tool. Hundreds of thousands of cameras are being deployed to survey wildlife around the world, including many thousands deployed in western Canada by academic researchers, government and industry practitioners, and citizen scientists. This growth in sampling has the potential to transform our understanding of the ecology of terrestrial vertebrate wildlife, and inform their conservation and management at regional scales. However, the dizzying pace of growth in camera trap methodology can temper this potential, creating confusion or disjunction in implementation. The emergence of global and regional camera-trap networks is aiming to improve standardization and coordination among surveys, but the success of these networks will depend on effective communication and collaboration among researchers and practitioners.
This two-day conference will address key questions in the development and application of camera trap methods. By showcasing established and emerging case studies, the conference will be a forum for sharing lessons on fundamental topics such as sampling design, data management and analysis, and multi-project collaboration. It will be an excellent opportunity for scientists, managers, students, and citizen scientists to network and learn about current thinking on the science and application of camera trapping for wildlife ecology and management. The conference will include speakers and a poster session addressing various aspects of camera trapping, a field trip opportunity, as well as a workshop focused on coordination and standardization of key aspects of camera surveys, such as sampling design, camera protocols, and data management and analysis."