Cole Burton

University of British Columbia
Effective protected area management requires reliable data on species of ecological and societal significance. Rapid advancements in the application of camera traps (CTs) are creating an explosion of archivable data on vertebrate populations, and CTs are now being used to survey a wide range of taxa and estimate ecological attributes from density and distribution to behaviour and phenology. With support from the Living Lab program, we are working to develop CT methods and networking to support Long-Term Ecological Monitoring in BC Parks and beyond. Progress to date includes: a 2-day workshop to characterize current camera trap surveys in BC and a vision for coordinated monitoring; assessment of phenological monitoring of vegetation and snow from time-lapse images; and deployment of cameras in two provincial parks (South Chilcotin Mountains and Cathedral). Sampling, methodological, and analytical frameworks are being developed for expanded CT monitoring to assess mammal community responses to environmental change in BC Parks.