In this study, we explored new, low-cost camera trap techniques to monitor Scarlet Macaws in one of their last two self-sustaining habitats in Costa Rica. Camera trap monitors have begun to produce new insights in avian research and we use them not only because Macaws are threatened, but their imagery can be used to enhance the public’s understanding of the connections between science and conservation efforts. We mounted camera units on two trees with nesting Macaws in Costa Rica’s Carara National Park and monitored one nest remotely for seven consecutive months.
Huxley Spatial Institutue
Working Paper 01-2012
Derek Schruhl, Adrian Arce, Tana Beus, Troy D. Abel, Kathryn Mork, and Michael Medler. 2010., “Macaw Cam: exploratory camera trap techniques for monitoring and conservation of Scarlet Macaw (Ara macao) nests.” Working paper 01-2012. Huxley College of the Environment’s Spatial Institute. Bellingham, WA.