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Learn more about Snapshot Wisconsin

How it works

Trail Cam

Snapshot Wisconsin is a volunteer-based project which utilizes a statewide network of trail cameras to monitor wildlife year-round. From coniferous forests to vast prairies, volunteers host trail cameras throughout Wisconsin’s landscapes. The photos of diverse wildlife captured on Snapshot Wisconsin cameras are hosted online, where they can be classified by volunteers across the globe. The resulting dataset is used to inform WDNR management decisions and help us learn more about Wisconsin’s wildlife.

Volunteer application

Apply to volunteer as a trail camera host and receive a unique opportunity to view local wildlife in their natural habitat. Free training and equipment are provided to accepted applicants. The requirements include access to at least ten contiguous acres of land, basic computer skills and the ability to check the camera every 90 days for at least one year. From bevies of playful otters to gray foxes scurrying up trees, apply today [exit DNR] to see what exciting shots of wildlife you can capture on a Snapshot Wisconsin camera!

Classify photos

Photos collected by Snapshot Wisconsin cameras are hosted on Zooniverse, a crowdsourcing website for citizen science projects. Thousands of volunteers worldwide participate in Zooniverse by identifying wildlife captured in Snapshot Wisconsin photos. With multiple volunteers viewing each image, a highly accurate consensus classification is made. From black bears to badgers, see what critters you can spot roaming the Wisconsin forests! Classify photos on Zooniverse [exit DNR] today to get involved.


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Elk project

Wisconsin Elk

Sawyer County elk captured by a Snapshot
Wisconsin camera

Snapshot Wisconsin trail cameras have played an integral role in monitoring the reintroduced elk herds in Black River Falls, Clam Lake and Flambeau River State Forest. These networks of trail cameras in each of the reintroduction sites inform herd management strategies by supplying accurate and cost-effective data estimating abundance, cow/bull ratios and annual recruitment.

Would you like to get involved with Wisconsin elk management? Sign up today to monitor a Snapshot Wisconsin elk trail camera. No experience necessary, and all training and equipment are provided. Volunteers must be able to participate for at least one year and check the camera at least once every three months. Submit an elk monitoring application [exit DNR] today!

Frequently asked questions

Snapshot Wisconsin FAQ

This project is a collaboration between the Wisconsin DNR and these partners:
Snapshot Partners