Camera Traps Track Rare Wildlife

Oct 28, 2014

Local ecologists are using an innovative tool for studying wildlife. Motion activated cameras, that trigger when an animal passes by, are helping researchers track migration corridors and monitor the effects of climate change.

A massive study put out this month by the World Wildlife Fund shared shocking results. Over the last forty years, populations of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and fish have declined by 50. Put another way, the planet has half as many animals as it did in the early 1970s.

Now, most of us don’t spot many animals in a day. It’s not easy to sense how animal populations are changing locally. But at Pepperwood Preserve, a large plot of conserved land north of Santa Rosa, a team of wildlife watchers stand at the ready 24 hours a day, seven days a week.