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Publisher: Tundra Ediciones.
Collection: Techniques in Conservation Biology nº 4
Author: Julián Zamora Gómez (fototrampeo.es)
Format: 24X17 cm
Numerous diagrams and photographs B/W
The detection, identification and study of terrestrial vertebrates that are more difficult to spot due to their rarity, elusive habits or nocturnal activity schedules, among which are most of the mammals, took an important leap forward thanks to the development of photo-trapping techniques through the use of cameras and video cameras adapted to leave in the field and self-actuated to the passage of animals. Nowadays, with the revolution in digital photography and the appearance of modern purpose-designed equipment, the use of photo-trapping has expanded considerably, while the understanding of the wide range of data and information that can be obtained has been refined, thus widening the range of uses and utilities.
But there was a lack of a practical manual on this technique to make it more accessible to the Spanish-speaking community, a gap that is now covered by this work, in which the author, in clear language, describes the origins of photo-trapping, the current equipment, its characteristics, uses and recommendations for choosing the right equipment according to our objectives and needs; the applications of photo-trapping for the study of wildlife, from the simple detection of species to inventories, monitoring of populations and processes, behavioral studies, surveillance, etc.. It also explains the factors to be taken into account for the installation of the equipment in the field, the use of baits, odours and other attractants or the monitoring of image captures and the systematisation and processing of the information. It also covers the study of wildlife populations through photo-trapping, explaining the basic concepts of distribution and sampling units, census methodologies and the use of statistics applicable to the results, as well as recommendations for the effective development of photo-trapping campaigns, all illustrated with real examples, both from Spain and Latin America.
This manual is aimed at biologists, zoologists, ecologists, environmentalists, technicians and managers of biodiversity, protected areas and natural resources, environmental consultants, park rangers, forestry and environmental agents, as well as students of these subjects and naturalists, conservationists, nature photographers and others interested in the study, management and conservation of terrestrial vertebrates, or simply in their observation, detection, photography and identification.
THE ORIGINS OF THIS TECHNIQUE
3.1 Motion sensors
3.2 Rate of fire
3.3 Recovery time
3.4 Number of shots
3.6 Storage memory
3.8 Size and weight of equipment
3.9 Image and video resolution
3.10 Laser pointer
3.11 Built-in Displays and Displays
3.12 Anti-theft solutions: metal boxes, fixing cables,
camouflage paint, etc.
3.13 Information in the images
3.14 Trigger or time lapsetimer
3.15 Sending images by mobile telephone
HOW TO CHOOSE A PHOTO TRAPPING CAMERA
FOR THE STUDY OF THE FAUNA
5.1 Wildlife observation
5.2 Faunal inventories or surveys
5.3 Stock monitoring
5.4 Surveillance and control of poaching
5.5 Behavioural studies
5.6 View slowly running processes via time lapse
5.7 Field placement
5.7.1 The traces and indications
5.7.2 Places frequented by wildlife
5.7.3 Placement forms
5.8 Bait, odours and attractants
5.9 Follow-up of catches, systematization of information,
THE STUDY OF FAUNAL POPULATIONS
6.1 Ecological basics
6.1.1 Distribution of Vertebrates in Space
6.1.2 Distribution of vertebrates over time
6.1.3 Definition of Sampling Units
6.2 Census methodologies, use of statisticians and estimates
6.3 Development of a photo-trapping campaign