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Developing an automated system for screening wildlife trail ...


March 2019 - August 2019


Trail cameras are commonly used to monitor wildlife in a variety of situations. These motion activated cameras can result in a huge volume of digital images, many of which do not contain animals. The screening process is time and labor intensive. Our goal is to develop a machine learning method that will allow an automated process to determine images that do and do not have wildlife present. Those with positive detections can them be sent to a folder for human evaluation.

This project is being funded by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

If this process is successful, it will provide a substantial cost savings to agencies and other researchers using motion activated cameras as part of research and/or monitoring programs.


Current Staff

Federal Staff: 95

Masters Students: 239

Phd Students: 141

Post Docs: 56

University Staff: 237

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 670

Scientific Publications: 1888

Presentations: 4153



Funding Agencies

  • Texas Parks and Wildlife Department


Cooperative Research Units Program Headquarters Cooperators

  1. U.S. Geological Survey