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Introduction to Camera Trapping for Wildlife Sampling XENV 4500

Field Skills for Environmental Professionals Course

Course details

​This field-based course introduces the basics of sampling and experimental design using an increasingly popular tool – the remote camera trap. Camera trapping is now sought-after experience for all professionals and is used around the world to determine wildlife population sizes and habitat associations, effects of disturbances from humans and many other facets of research and conservation. Students will gain hands-on experience setting camera traps in a variety of site conditions, classifying and standardizing real images and data, differentiating BC mammal species and discussing the implications of their findings for various resource management applications.


  • No prerequisites are required for this course.



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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Describe and understand the uses for camera traps.
  • Successfully set up camera traps with different environmental conditions, project objectives and species targets.
  • Demonstrate correct image tagging procedures with identification of wildlife species of BC, animal sex, age and behaviour.
  • Demonstrate camera check and take-down procedures.
  • Critically discuss and analyse conservation applications.
  • Identify visual analysis approaches for camera trap data.

Effective as of Spring/Summer 2022

Related Programs

Introduction to Camera Trapping for Wildlife Sampling (XENV 4500) is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Construction and the Environment

  1. Essential Field Skills for Environmental Professionals
    Microcredential Part-time


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