Skip to main content

Snapshot Newsletter Menu

Check out the Snapshot Wisconsin Newsletter for exciting news, research updates and volunteer announcements related to the program. New editions of the newsletter are released every two to three months.

Want to get notified when new newsletters come out? Sign up for the following topics on GovDelivery.


June 2022

In this newsletter, two Snapshot educators share how they get people excited about nature and wildlife monitoring. The Snapshot team also highlights other citizen science programs that might interest our volunteers, and the team announces that the 2021 data is now available on the Wisconsin Data Dashboard! 


A coyote along a snowy riverbank pauses to look at the camera.

March 2022

Collaboration is at the heart of the Snapshot Wisconsin program, from working with NASA and UW-Madison to teaming up with Zooniverse daily to consensus classify photos. In this edition, the team sheds light on two lesser-known collaborations and how through these partnerships, Snapshot Wisconsin has been able to contribute to national and international projects.


Black bear with its tongue hanging out

January 2022

The theme of this edition is the intersection of humor and science. The Snapshot team asked volunteers on the Zooniverse community to share funny captions for some entertaining Snapshot trail camera photos, and share them with you here. The team also shares some of their favorites from over the years. Lastly, the time capsule has been assembled and tucked away; see what the final contents are in the last article. 


Mother raccoon and her babies



September 2021

The Snapshot team is building a time capsule that will serve as a "snapshot" of the program as it stands today. The team wrote up the story of the program's history, from a backyard experiment to reaching 50 million photos. They also created two new infographics that you don't want to miss. All of these pieces, as well as contributions from our volunteers, will be added to the time capsule. Read more about this effort in this edition. 


Sandhill cranes feeding in Jackson County



July 2021

This edition of the newsletter focuses on the birds that show up on Snapshot Wisconsin's trail cameras. Read about a unique collaboration with the Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas II and learn more about sandhill cranes in the species highlight. Plus, the Snapshot team announces that the 2020 data is available on the Data Dashboard. 


Collage of Snapshot Wisconsin's favorite photos out of the first 50 million photos



May 2021

As a graduate student (who has been with Snapshot Wisconsin for many years) moves on to his next research project, let's look at his research into pairing Snapshot trail camera images with aerial images from space. The Snapshot team also highlights a volunteer and nature center who uses Snapshot photos in their outreach programs.


Collage of Snapshot Wisconsin's favorite photos out of the first 50 million photos



February 2021

Members of the Snapshot Wisconsin team are busy compiling a dataset of all the elk photos from the previous calendar year. The research of two important collaborators within the DNR is highlighted in this edition. Both of them directly use Snapshot photos from the elk dataset to improve elk monitoring in Wisconsin.


Collage of Snapshot Wisconsin's favorite photos out of the first 50 million photos



December 2020

Snapshot Wisconsin reached its 50 millionth photo, so the team discusses how photos are processed and turned into usable data. Read about a new partnership between the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin and Snapshot Wisconsin as well. 



Bear views by county, as seen on Snapshot's Data Dashboard



October 2020

The Snapshot team discusses its new data visualization tool, the Data Dashboard, and the designer of the tool explains some the design choices that were made.



Collage of the animals Snapshot volunteer Al has classified



July 2020

Two members of the Snapshot team talk about how the team has adapted to the pandemic. Read about how the pandemic also led to a surge of classifications on Zooniverse!



Maps of Wisconsin showing deer image captures by county



April 2020

Translating trail camera images into deer population metrics, an interview with a super-volunteer, and a rare species sighting can all be found in this edition of the Snapshot newsletter.