eMammal is a project where citizen scientists work in collaboration with researchers at the Smithsonian Institution and North Carolina State University to document mammals throughout the mid-Atlantic region, and soon, the entire country. Citizen volunteers place “camera traps”, infrared activated cameras, across the landscape in parks and other natural areas to collect photos of mammals. These photos help researchers answer questions about mammal distribution and abundance and use this information for conservation.
In 2014, VWL began collaborating with eMammal on the Urban to Wild camera trapping research project. Citizen scientists placed camera traps at a number of properties in our VWL ecosystem research network to monitor mammal populations and distribution throughout the local region.