Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program: Vermont
Education, Research and Technical Assistance for Managing Our Natural Resources

Vermont Project

Wildlife Monitoring in the U.S. National Parks with Cell Phones

September 2018 - September 2023


Participating Agencies

  • National Park Service

The purpose of this pilot research effort is to incorporate adaptive management methodologies into the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore's Resource Stewardship Strategy (RSS). The primary focus is on monitoring wildlife species that vocalize, including birds and amphibians. This effort is intended to ensure that management actions taken to restore the wetlands and savannas at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore are effective. This critical research will incorporate cutting-edge technologies and approaches such as machine learning to recognize species. The use of cell phones to collect and transmit acoustic data and imagery automatically is novel and has potential to significantly benefit science, the local community, and recreational and educational opportunities.

Research Publications Publication Date
Donovan. T. M., C. Balantic, J. Katz, M. Massar, R. Knutson, K. Duh, P. W. Jones, K. Epstein, J. Lacasse-Roger, and J. Dias. 2021. Remote Ecological Monitoring with Smartphones and Tasker. Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management 12:163–173. | Abstract | Download | Publisher Website June 2021