wildlife camera surveys:
wolverine tracking project
Cascadia Wild has over one dozen wildlife cameras in the Mt Hood National Forest to collect information on rare carnivores and other wildlife as part of the Wolverine Tracking Project. The cameras are maintained and checked entirely by Cascadia Wild camera crews throughout each season.
Cameras are monitoring wildlife year-round!
Summer season runs June through October, and Winter season runs November to April. Orientations and training are held during the month prior to the start of the season.
Volunteers helping with the cameras are part of a crew of 5-8 people who are responsible for a camera either for the summer or winter season. Cameras are visited every 3-4 weeks, and each group is responsible for organizing who goes when. Plan for around 3 trips per season.
During your visit, you will need to change out the batteries and memory card, refresh the bait, and collect any hair or scat samples. Before heading out, you will also need to pick up equipment from the office, and return it after your trip. Checking a camera is usually a full-day trip. Some cameras are close to the road, others are a substantial hike or snowshoe in. You will be assigned to groups based on how far you wish to hike.
Volunteers receive weekly updates with all the best photos, as well as news, and have access to all of the season's photos on Google Drive.
At the end of the season, we host a volunteer appreciation night to say thanks for your work!
Volunteers are also eligible to receive discounts on Cascadia Wild classes, programs, and workshops.
camera crew participants
We welcome anyone to join the wildlife camera survey! However, we do have some qualifications:
- Must be reliable and have time to visit the camera 3-4 times during the season
- Must have transportation to Mt Hood National Forest. During the winter, highway regulations require 2-wheel drive vehicles to carry tire chains.
- Must be comfortable hiking off-trail and, for the winter season, must be comfortable snowshoeing
- Must be able to carry up to 10 lbs of camera gear and bait to the survey location
- Must be able to use a GPS to navigate (we can train)
All new participants are invited to orientation. We also require on-site camera training in the field and an the office, plus an optional GPS training.
Orientation is an opportunity to meet with the project coordinator and to learn more about the Wolverine Tracking Project Camera Survey, what is expected of volunteers, and why community science is so important in efforts to advocate for imperiled wildlife.
These trainings are usually offered in tandem. Experienced navigators are not required to attend the GPS training. The office training covers how to check out equipment and the in-office procedures before and after your camera check and is required.
On-Site Camera Field Training
At this training, you will cover the field procedure for a site and camera check by setting up the camera for the season. This training is mandatory for all new participants.
Returning Camera Crew? Contact us to let us know your interest in the upcoming season!