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Snapshot Wisconsin expands into 8 counties

Landowners in Ashland, Bayfield, Crawford, Douglas, Price, Richland, Sauk and Vilas counties who would like to play an important role in wildlife management are encouraged to check out Snapshot Wisconsin.

Snapshot Wisconsin is a volunteer-based monitoring effort to capture images of all types of wildlife — deer, elk, bears, fox, bobcats, whooping cranes and more — to learn more about the state's ecological landscapes. This project is led by Department of Natural Resources staff in partnership with the University of Wisconsin-Madison and UW-Extension.

The project offers an opportunity to view wildlife in their normal routines in the wild. To date, 808 volunteers maintain 983 trail cameras and have collected 17.2 million photos.

"Snapshot Wisconsin is a great way to get involved in volunteer-based monitoring and learn more about all of our different wildlife species," said Susan Frett, one of the volunteer coordinators working on the project. "We have volunteers in Wisconsin participating as trail camera hosts and over 5,000 volunteers from around the world participating in crowdsourced classification of our images on www.snapshotwisconsin.org."

To participate, volunteers must have access to at least 10 acres of contiguous private land in Ashland, Bayfield, Crawford, Douglas, Price, Richland, Sauk or Vilas county and agree to maintain a trail camera on that land for at least one year. Training and supplies are provided and no prior experience with trail cameras is necessary. Basic computer knowledge and access to the internet is necessary to participate. Local, in-person training sessions are currently planned for late winter or early spring and online training is also available.

Volunteers can sign up online or find out more details by visiting the webpage which can be found at dnr.wi.gov using keyword "Snapshot Wisconsin."

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