We can learn tons about our environment by using technology. Scientists in the tropics have been placing camera traps in protected areas to see what animals live in certain habitats. They were surprised by who they caught on film. In this lesson, you will get to see the actual photos they took in the Americas, Africa and Asia and to think about why the mammals exist where and when they do. Next, you will specialize in one chosen mammal and collect data on that organism. Lastly, you will reenact this TEAM monitoring with your class camera trap to collect images of your local wildlife.
Your teacher will lead you through a slide show of images from TEAM camera traps.
Brainstorm a list of reasons that would motivate an animal to be active in specific areas.
Your teacher will assign student teams one of the mammals from the TEAM camera trap website (see list below). In your team search for the following information from assorted websites:
Body size and description
Status (rare, threatened, endangered, etc.)
Present your findings to the class in a PowerPoint.
Compile a list of local wildlife in your area.
Place camera traps in hidden places where you suspect wildlife might appear.
Hypothesize when you believe you might get photos of the animals. Think deeply about the animals’ motivations for being active.
Leave the camera traps out for a designated period of time (depending on where you live, the season, the terrain).
Retrieve the cameras, analyze the data and answer the following questions:
Improve your experimental design and continue capturing your wild life photographic data as instructed by your teacher.