Photo by TBS Camera Trap Program
Camera Trap Project at TBS
John Blake, University of Florida
Diego Mosquera, Universidad San Francisco de Quito
Our Camera Trap Project has been continuously monitoring terrestrial birds and mammals since 2004, using camera traps to generate information about their occurrence, distribution and relative abundance over time. The camera project has demonstrated to be a successful method to document occurrence and abundance of many species. It is particularly noteworthy the photographs of at least 20 different individuals of jaguars, photos of rare carnivores such as the short-eared dog and the bush dog, and the frequent photos of giant armadillos, tapirs, peccaries and other human hunted species. All these results emphasize the importance of preserving places like TBS, the quality of the forest and its conservation value.
The Camera Trap Project researchers are looking to obtain information from places like TBS, where there is no human hunting activity, so it can be compared with areas that suffer from this and other human related activities and subsequently create better standards for current or new protected areas.
You can read more about our Project in these articles:
Oil-Threatened Ecuador Is a Jaguar Hotspot (Motherboard)
You can learn more about our Camera Trap Project’s results in the following scientific articles:
Camera trapping on and off trails in lowland forest of eastern Ecuador: Does location matter? Blake & Mosquera (2014)
Neotropical vulture scavenging succession at a Capybara carcass in eastern Ecuador. Mallon et al. (2013)
Mineral licks as Diversity Hotsposts in Lowlands Forest of Eastern Ecuador. Blake et al (2011)
First record of a Canid (Atelocynus microtis) predating on a caecilian amphibian. Cisneros & Mosquera (2010)