Marin Wildlife Picture Index

Using motion-activated cameras to study mammals on Marin public lands.

Objectives

  • Assess biodiversity of over 17 land mammal species in Marin.
  • Track wildlife population changes. 
  • Identify wildlife hotspots.

Tools and Techniques

  • Motion-activated camera array in regularly spaced grid.
  • Citizen scientists to help maintain field camera and catalog large numbers of images.
  • Scientific analysis of collected data to research and report on wildlife populations and diversity.

WPI project technology was developed jointly by the Wildlife Conservation Society and the Zoological Society of London, in coordination with HP Earth Insights and Conservation International.

Project Partners

One Tam partners include:

  • California State Parks
  • Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy
  • Marin County Parks
  • Marin Municipal Water District
  • National Park Service

Timeline

  • 2014: Pilot program to test WPI technology
  • 2015–2018: Initial three years of data collection and image cataloging.
  • 2019: Research analysis and initial reporting.
  • 2020 and beyond: Continued data collection and ongoing process improvement.