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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.

Photos of 2017 Snapshot Indiana Program

A bobcat strolls by in Greene County, Indiana A coyote crouches down while on a field edge. White-tailed deer and turkey spend time on a field edge. A white-tailed deer buck eats some foliage. Note you can see the ears of a second deer at the bottom of the frame. A doe and young buck fawn walk by a camera. Four raccoons moving through grass. A gray fox in Pike County, Indiana. A groundhog stands on its hind legs. A northern flicker rests on a tree branch. A Virginia opossum trots through a field. A raccoon sniffs the air. A reddish colored coyote. A red squirrel (sometimes called a pine squirrel) hangs out on a mushroom on a large tree. Two male white-tailed deer grapple with each other in early November. A red squirrel (or pine squirrel) sites on the left side of a tree, while a fox squirrel hangs out on the right side of the tree.