The eMammal initiative is an open platform for the collection, analysis, curation, and distribution of camera trapping data for science and conservation. Camera traps, which are motion and heat activated cameras, are the best tool for gathering mammal photographs and associated data at the landscape scale and the use of camera traps for mammal research has exploded in the last decade. eMammal provides tools for researchers to leverage the efforts of citizen scientists and manage landscape scale projects with hundreds of volunteers. Our tools help volunteers to quickly and easily identify images, and upload those images via the internet for expert confirmation, and move them into the Smithsonian data repository for curation. The data are made public so that managers can use this resource for conservation planning and decisions, and the data from multiple projects can easily be combined for large scale research.

eMammal is the current leader in monitoring mammals through citizen science and houses the largest publically accessible database of camera trap images. As conservation biologists work to manage mammals in the 21st century, eMammal offers the capacity to monitor mammals on an unprecedented scale to match the need to assess large-scale effects from habitat conversion and climate change. The public can also get a glimpse at the planet’s mammal diversity as they view the best images from projects around the world at the eMammal website

The eMammal project is now being developed for use in Okaloosa County schools through the Okaloosa SCIENCE Initiative.  All 23 grant schools will have access to the data from camera traps being deployed across Okaloosa County.  Many teachers have already begun to use eMammal in their classrooms, giving students a unique look into the mammal populations that call Okaloosa County home. Over the course of the next two years, we will continue to work with teachers and students to develop and refine its use in the classroom.

Check out the eMammal website (emammal.si.edu), as well as the eMammal Okaloosa SCIENCE page for more information!



If you live in Okaloosa or surround counties, and would like to be trained and work with camera traps on public or private (backyard) lands please contact Megan Baker at emammalokaloosa@gmail.com with your interest. This project will run from December 2014 to December 2017.