Brief Intro to Camera Traps

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Camera traps are an invaluable tool for researchers wishing to study the occupancy and species diversity of an area. Using LED sensors to capture heat and light stimuli, these cameras have thus far been able to reveal much of the incredible mammalian diversity found at LPAC (Las Piedras Amazon Center). In this post we reveal the simple steps required to set up this handy gadget.
camera trap Peru Amazon mammalFeaturing Fauna Forever Mammal Coordinator Holly O’Donnell


1. Put in batteries and memory card

Peru Amazon camera trap batteries

2. Adjust video settings to 30 second recordings with 1 second interval (this is the maximum time required count all individuals in a group).
Peru Amazon camera trap video settings
3. Set time and date (date and time must be correct for data to be valid and so that we know what time animals are active)
Peru Amazon camera trap time date setting
4. Choose a tree facing a long clear section of trail (seeing as many animals like to use human trails).
Peru Amazon camera trap
5. Check no vegetation is blocking the view and tie the camera trap firmly to a tree 30cm from ground and take the GPS location.
Peru Amazon camera trap
6. Check sensor working by waving – red light should turn on.
Peru Amazon camera trap
7. Leave the trap for 2 weeks and then collect the memory card.
collect memory card
8. Species list can now be compiled and the occupancy deduced.
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