Top camera trappers to follow on Twitter
Camera traps and twitter go together better than you might first realise. All you need is a camera trap and a twitter account and you can share your wildlife photos & videos with the whole world.
Here are some of our favourite accounts on twitter that regularly share some fantastic camera trap images...
Have we missed anyone? Let us know in the comments below!
You might recognise 'JRWidlife' - Trevor Hebert wrote a blog for NatureSpy about the camera traps he manages at Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve.
Trevor tweets a 'Camera Trap Animal of the Day' - and the diversity at the Preserve comes through. Mountain lions, coyotes and even a golden eagle have all been captured and shared on twitter.
The regular camera trap images also mean you can see Jasper Ridge change through the seasons; including baby animals appearing in the Spring.
Dr. Roland Kays is a leading camera trap expert and runs eMammal, a large-scale camera trapping project in the USA.
You can expect regular camera trap images, with a healthy dose of humour... and a few other cool science tweets thrown in for good measure!
And if its camera trap images you're after, @eMammal is one of the best... plenty of great images, coming in thick and fast.
The Team Network is one of the largest biological monitoring projects in the world, and their collective efforts have meant that over 1 million camera trap images from tropical rainforests have been collected.
This obviously means they have quite a lot of images to choose from, and some of the best can be found on their twitter account.
If you want more, be sure to take a look at their website where most of the images are accessible...
Kate Macrae, or Wildlife Kate, is a Bushnell ambassador and so you can expect plenty of great Bushnell camera trap images all year round.
Kate has also has lots of live cameras rigged around her home, so there is always something going on!
The Wildlife Conservation Society in India is certainly one of the best accounts to follow for camera trap images; this amazing shot of three leopards, including one in melanistic form, is an example.
Plenty of mongoose, peafowl, hare, jackel and even the odd elephant have all been captured on their camera traps and shared.
You may also spot a second camera trap in every image; this is a 'paired' set-up, and is particularly useful for capturing both sides of an animal (especially tigers) so that they can be individually recognised and therefore counted.
Jason T. Fisher is a research scientist and wildlife ecologist working in Alberta, Canada with the Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute. Jason and his team use camera traps to monitor bears, wolves and wolverines (see this recent paper on breeding success of grizzly bears as an example).
All those camera traps means some fantastic images to go with the brilliant science...
Over to Australia...
Australia has a big community of expert camera trappers - and thankfully many are on twitter, giving followers fantastic insights into the hidden world of Australian wildlife.
And it's not just kangaroos that you can expect; research on dingos and invasive species is prominent, as well on reptile communities and camera trap shots from elsewhere in the world.
Two of the most exciting animals to get on a camera trap surely have to be bears and wolves. Chris and his team use camera traps in the Great Bear Rainforest in Canada and do 'science that matters'.
What that means for followers on twitter is pole-dancing bears. Don't believe us? Watch the video above...
Sue Dickerson runs a number of camera traps on her property in Hartsel, Colorado, and regularly shares the images on twitter.
Sue also wrote a great blog for NatureSpy including some of her favourite images from her camera traps; including pronghorn and American badger!
Ocho Verde is a wildlife preserve in Costa Rica and they run a camera trap project year-round.
Ocelot's are occasionally captured by the camera traps, but they've also had a jaguarundi...!
Cam Dressel regularly shares camera trap pictures from the USA. Expect bears, deer, coyotes and foxes...
A really passionate camera trapper who is also involved with eMammal - Brian documents the wildlife in North Virginia, and his camera traps are a big part of this.
Gareth uses a few camera traps and shares great pictures and videos of 'Oliver' the otter!
And of course; the NatureSpy account share lots of camera trap images from our cameras too...