Raptors, also known as birds of prey, are a diverse and fascinating group of birds which have all adapted to a life of eating meat. Raptors include Eagles, Hawks, Owls, and Falcons and within each group there can be found a great deal of variety in form and behavior. Though incredibly diverse, all of these raptors will possess three important characteristics; keen eyesight for spotting prey, powerful curved talons for capturing and gripping prey and a curved beak for tearing food into smaller pieces. Raptors play an important role in the environment as key predators and scavengers.
Wildlife viewing cameras are used worldwide to address a variety of research and management objectives for many wildlife species. Engineered in a variety of different styles, remote cameras are an effective tool for investigating wildlife behavior and documenting species presence and distribution. Wildlife cameras are also an efficient and cost-effective way to supplement human observers. Additionally these camera introduce a powerful venue for education and outreach activities, and will allow the public to interact with the Institute in new and exciting ways.
The Institute is currently creating a variety of different partnerships, to create programs in research, outreach and eduction, utilizing camera systems that we are currently developing.
The Biodiversity Institute's remote raptor viewing camera systems will likely be deployed in a number of different ways. Institute scientists, working with our technical and engineering teams are developing an assortment of camera systems to fit a variety of different scenarios, habitats and remote locations.
Check back here soon for more information on this exciting program.