Snapshot Wisconsin

Wisconsin residents with at least 10 contiguous acres of property are invited to participate in a very cool project coordinated by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

Snapshot Wisconsin is a partnership to monitor wildlife year-round, using a statewide network of trail cameras. The project will provide data needed for wildlife management decisions. It is also a unique opportunity for individuals, families, and students to get involved in monitoring the state’s valuable natural resources.

This is a volunteer based monitoring effort to capture images of all types of wildlife including deer, elk, bears, fox, bobcats, and even whooping cranes and to learn more about Wisconsin’s wildlife.

As of May 16th there are 687 trail cameras being maintained by 604 volunteers. Photos captured by these trail cameras will be uploaded to Zooniverse where a team of volunteers will help to classify or identify each and every critter captured by the the cameras.

Want to volunteer to host or maintain a camera? Click here to learn more.

Want to volunteer to identify animals in the photos? Click here to head over to Zooniverse

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  1. Barb June 1, 2017 6:11 pm

    Boy, I wish our 15 acre farm was in Wisconsin instead of Pennsylvania!!! What fun it would be, to be surprised everyday with pictures of all sorts of animals living their daily lives on your own property.

  2. J. Klein June 1, 2017 9:54 am

    Seems like a great way for school science or ecology classes to get involved, especially if they still have involvement with the school forests that were planted years ago.

  3. Jean P. aka CrabtowneMd June 1, 2017 8:13 am

    What an innovative way to engage the public and develop “citizen scientists”. All states should have a program like this. The more the public engages with the outdoors and the amazing creatures around us, the better stewards of the environment we can become.