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The Science of

Camera Trapping

Summary:  Students analyze camera trap images to determine the type of scientific data that can be gathered from these images (i.e., species identification, habitat) and discuss the role and value of this data for scientific research.


Key Questions:

  • What types of data can be found in camera trap images?

  • What role do data play in scientific research?


Learning Goals:

After completing this activity, students will be able to:

  • Understand what data are and the variety of data collection methods

  • Describe the role of data in scientific investigation

  • Analyze the pros/cons of different types of data and data collection methods


30 minutes


* Lesson plans are available in .doc/.ppt format for easy customization. This lesson includes 4 sections for easy download. Please contact us with any questions or problems.

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