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DNR looking for volunteers for “Snapshot IN” trail cam project
Start Date: 9/30/2015
Event Description:
Oct. 6, 2015 update: All spots are filled for the study. Thanks for the response!

The DNR is looking for volunteers for a new study called “Snapshot IN” that will use trail cameras to gather information on Indiana wildlife.

Volunteers must have at least 10 acres and be willing to set up a provided trail camera on their property this fall. The DNR hopes to find between 20 and 100 volunteers, according to wildlife biologist Shawn Rossler.

“Gathering accurate data on the distribution and relative abundance of wildlife species statewide can be extremely challenging for biologists,” Rossler said. “Working with citizen scientists, the DNR hopes to understand how animals are using various land types in Indiana.”

Snapshot IN will run during October and November, when many wildlife species are active.

The DNR will provide each landowner with the same camera model, with the same settings.

Volunteers cannot use attractants or baits during the study. This includes birdseed, compost, grill residue or chemical attractants. Volunteers should try to place the camera near a game trail or water source to capture animals in a place they would naturally congregate.

All materials will be loaned by the DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife and must be returned in acceptable condition at the end of the sampling period. All photos and videos will be property of the state. At the end of the survey period, copies of photos and videos of interest will be provided to landowners.

“The results from this year’s pilot study will be used to fine tune protocols and improve the study design for coming years,” Rossler said.

If you are interested in becoming a Snapshot IN volunteer, click on “Service Project Listings” at

Due to limited supplies, not all applicants will be contacted to participate.

To view all DNR news releases, please see
Contact Information:
Name: Shawn Rossler
Phone: (812) 334-1137
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