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Published on Nov 4, 2010
Over 20 motion-activated cameras are set-up in Banff National Park as part of a long-term wildlife population monitoring project. Cameras are mounted on trees or encased in rock cairns along hiking and game trails. Every time something passes the camera's infrared beam, an image is captured.
Compared with traditional wildlife research techniques like radio-collaring, the "camera trap" is non-invasive and comparatively cheap. Researchers will analyze the data using a methodology called occupancy modelling. Not only are some of the images of wildlife stunning, but tracking wildlife populations over the long term will help inform management decisions about issues like trail use, species reintroduction (e.g. caribou and bison) and prescribed fire.
With no one actually behind the camera taking these images, they offer a rare and privileged view into the world of wild animals going about their everyday lives.