U-M camera-trap project captures hundreds of thousands of Michigan wildlife selfies

University of Michigan wildlife ecologist Nyeema Harris and graduate student Corbin Kuntze perform their research deep in the woods in the southeast corner of the U-M Biological Station.

Harris is working on the largest camera-trap study ever conducted of Michigan wildlife, capturing the animals’ images using motion-triggered cameras stationed at strategic locations in the 10,000-acre Biological Station near Pellston, at the Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge near Saginaw and in the Upper Peninsula.

The three-site wildlife survey uses about 150 digital cameras that will yield hundreds of thousands of snapshots. A fourth site is planned for Detroit to track urban wildlife in city parks next summer.

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