The DNR Wildlife Through Forestry series is back


April 28 hybrid event takes place virtually and in person at the Iron Industry Museum

Join us for an in-depth look at the inner workings of trail cameras and what makes a camera durable and capable.

This fascinating session will be held from 6:30-9 p.m. on Thursday, April 28 at the Michigan Iron Industry Museum in Negaunee and via Zoom.

Learn about new technologies and how they are incorporated into the latest models of trail cameras and learn how researchers install cameras to study wildlife behavior and populations, with a large panel of presenters.

Guest speakers will include:

Rich Howell, founder and CEO of TrailCamPro, Ltd. of Spingfield, Missouri. Howell drew his first label when he was 11 years old. Since he was addicted to the outdoors. When trail cameras first appeared, Rich quickly became an early adopter. However, the models available at the time were lacking, and there were no established standards used to rate the cameras. Lack of public information and inaccurate advertising claims from manufacturers fueled the creation of Trailcampro.

Rich and his team have created tests using proprietary equipment to objectively evaluate all available surveillance cameras. The end result is a comprehensive database of objective test results released each year. This database is used by institutional researchers and consumers to stay informed and make informed purchases. Trail Cam Pro tests over 50 brands of trail cameras every year. Their work has been featured in Outdoor Life Magazine.

Howell is still an avid bowhunter who spends most of his fall days 25 feet up in a tree. Off-season hunting activities include intensive habitat management and spending time with his wife pursuing their three children.

Tyler Petroelje, MNR Wildlife Research Specialist at Marquette, he used trail cameras extensively to study population ecology, behavior and wildlife co-occurrence. He has completed his doctorate. and a master’s degree by Mississippi State University, studying models of carnivorous resource selection and the fear landscape of white-tailed deer through the Michigan Predator-Prey Project.

He graduated from Northern Michigan University with a bachelor’s degree in ecology. He also spent time catching and sticking elk and brown bears in Kodiak, Alaska. He also worked as a wildlife technician for the National Park Service at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, capturing and monitoring black bears. In his spare time, he enjoys bird watching, fishing, hunting and exploring public lands.

Pam Nankervis, US Forest Service habitat biologist from the Ottawa National Forest which will discuss upcoming efforts to monitor wildlife habitat improvement projects using remote cameras.

Wildlife biologist Erin Johnston and wildlife technicians Kyle Seppanen and Austin Ayers, all from the Keweenaw Bay Indian community, will talk about the past and current use of remote cameras to monitor wildlife on the L’Anse Indian Reservation in Baraga County.

Note to editors: An accompanying photo is available for download and posting below. Credit: Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

Camera: A trail camera is shown trained on a Lake Michigan marsh to monitor black tern nesting.


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