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Snapshot Indiana Program
What is Snapshot Indiana?
Snapshot Indiana is a citizen-science trail camera program designed to collect data on a variety of wildlife species in Indiana. Remote-trigger or “trail” cameras can be a useful tool for DNR wildlife managers because data can be collected with a moderate amount of effort, and photos can allow for easier identification than other surveys.
What do the biologist do with this data?
Photos can provide a variety of data for managers, including whether a species is expanding into new counties, long-term population trends, activity patterns, or documentation of uncommon species such as badger. As the program expands, DNR staff may also be able to use the data to determine abundance of a species or to assess reproduction for some species. While remote-trigger cameras can’t answer every wildlife question, Snapshot Indiana could become a valuable tool for wildlife managers and a fun way to involve the public in a wildlife survey.
How can I help?
Indiana citizens can volunteer to host a trail camera provided by the DNR on their property. Volunteers must have at least 10 acres and can’t have any bait or feeders for wildlife near where the camera is to be set. Cameras are set for at least 30 consecutive days. Currently, cameras are set during October and November, though the project may expand to include other survey periods in the future. Preference will be given to previous participants. Only DNR-approved cameras may be used for the survey, and all photos and videos collected are property of the state. Submit an application to volunteer by registering through the CERVIS system.