The world’s largest-ever camera-trap wildlife survey is coming to North Carolina libraries, and the program is seeking volunteers.
North Carolina’s Candid Critters, a program funded through a grant from the Wildlife Resources Commission, hopes to place 20,000 to 30,000 camouflaged cameras in backyards, parks, game lands and forests over the next three years.
The goal is to collect information on the state’s wildlife, particularly on the distribution patterns of deer and coyotes. The cameras may also capture bears, skunks, feral hogs and other animals.
The cameras will be streamed to libraries, where volunteers will view the camera feeds. These citizen scientists will put the information and sitings they find into a E-mammal data management system that researchers can use. Participants will also be able to engage in activities, host webinars and share behind-the-scenes information.
The first wave of the program will roll out on Dec.1.
Coastal county libraries involved with the project include Currituck and Pender counties:
- Currituck County Public Library, 4261 Caratoke Highway, Barco.
- Pender County Public Library, 103 S Cowan St. Burgaw.