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eMammal Camera Trap Training Workshop for NNMN Members Only

  • George Washington's Birthplace NM Log House 250 Bridges Creek Road Colonial Beach, VA, 22443 United States (map)

On Thursday 8 Feb from 9:30AM to 2:00PM there will be eMammal Camera Trap Training Workshop for NNMN members only.  The sessions will be conducted by members of the eMammal Team of the Smithsonian Institution Conservation and Research Center at Front Royal Virginia.

NNMN members wishing to attend must register with Jeff Wright by e-mail as the class can accommodate 18 individuals from the chapter.  We also need to get a headcount to determine resources needed for the training.

eMammal is a citizen science camera trapping project that helps collect camera trap pictures and share data and results with scientists to address important scientific questions about wildlife. The goal is for organizations such as NNMN is to help the Smithsonian’s and other organizations scientists understand how animal communities change along a gradient from urban to wild areas and how different human activities affect wildlife in these areas. The Smithsonian’s team early research revealed some interesting results about the effect of chicken coops, dogs, and fences in urban areas, and they are expanding this research to examine the effect of different habitat types, habitat size, and other factors. The NNK is a new venue for the project.  

The eMammal team also conducted similar classes at last year’s VMN State Conference.  Discussions at the conference were the impetus behind the NNMN requesting the training and potential involvement in eMammal work.  The NNMN 2017 BTC had a team camera trapping at Bush Mill Stream Natural Area Preserve.  Since graduation members of the class of 2017 have continued their camera trapping work with great results.  The thumbnail is an example of some of their work using Infrared imaging at night capturing the presence of a River Otter.  The efforts of NNMN members camera trapping have captured images to include coyote, fox, raccoon, deer, member of the weasel family to include mink, squirrels, and birds to include turkeys.

The training is to prepare members of the chapter for the eMammal citizen science project Urban to Wild (https://emammal.si.edu/urban-wild). The training workshop will include: a general overview of camera trapping and eMammal, camera trap setup protocols, and data upload.

The site for the training is the Log House at the George Washington’s Birthplace National Monument. The address of the Log House is 250 Bridges Creek Road, Colonial Beach, VA 22443.  The NNMN has used the Log House previously for training classes.  It is near the picnic area.