We are looking for volunteers with back yard chicken coops to run cameras as part of our research project. We will provide the camera trap and show you how to use it. Here is what we will ask you to do:
- You must have a backyard chicken coop but no other farm animals (confuses the ‘treatment’ effect). Dogs, cats, and bird feeders are ok, but no livestock or other poultry please.
- You must be willing to come to the 24hr NRC Grand Opening event 20-21 April and return the camera trap with you so we can register the data that day. We will have lab staff and volunteers available to register your data from 6pm on Friday till 4pm on Saturday. Please let us know approximately when you will be coming.
- Photos taken by your camera will be used to ask scientific questions about predators, and will also be used to promote NRC science during the opening event. They will be registered in the e-mammal database, which will later be integrated into a new camera trap photo archive at the Smithsonian. If you would also like to take the pictures home with you, please bring a USB memory stick or camera memory card we can put them on.
- We will bring the camera to your house and help you set it up in the first location.
- We will also ask you to move the camera to a new location on your own after 2 weeks.
- In total we would like you to survey 2-3 types of sites: a back yard chicken coop, a back yard without a chicken coop, a patch of nearby woods.
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