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Methods and Protocols

Below you will find a set of recommended documents to support the development of remote camera or ARU programs. Protocols for ARUs have been developed and tested by the Bioacoustic Unit; remote camera protocols have been developed and tested by the Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute and the Caribou Monitoring Unit. Please contact us at info@wildtrax.ca if you have additional standardized methods or protocols to add. 

A zip file containing instructions on programming and setting an ARU to record.

This protocol provides best practices for maintaining your SM2 ARUs used for remote monitoring. The protocol also provides a checklist for inspection.

This protocol provides best practices for maintaining your SM3 ARUs used for remote monitoring. The protocol also provides a checklist for inspection.

This protocol provides best practices for maintaining your SM4 ARUs used for remote monitoring. This protocol also provides a checklist for inspection. 

This protocol outlines step-by-step instructions for deploying ARUs in forested, grassland, and wetland areas.

Datasheet to be filled out when ARUs are deployed in the field.

Datasheet to be filled out when ARUs are picked up from the field or services at the end of the field season or study duration.

This protocol provides step-by-step instructions on how the ABMI deploys and retrieves remote cameras and ARUs from the field. It includes information on setup and installation within treed, wet and treeless, pasture, and crop field locations, the equipment used, and unit settings.

This protocol provides step-by-step instructions on how the ABMI deploys and retrieves remote cameras and ARUs from the field. It includes information on setup and installation within treed, wet and treeless, pasture, and crop field locations, the equipment used, and unit settings.

This protocol outlines step-by-step instructions for deploying and retrieving remote cameras and ARUs in forested, grassland, and wetland areas.

This protocol outlines the step-by-step process that ARU recordings undergo from data upload to data download from WildTrax.

Video demonstrating how to set up a remote camera in the field.

Datasheet to be filled out when remote cameras are retrieved from the field at the end of the field season or study duration.

This provides details on ABMI's field protocols including deployment of remote cameras and ARUs.

A question-and-answer style report outlining how to optimize the listening schedule for an ARU-based project.

Acoustic data is sub-sampled and transcribed for specified intervals within the recordings. Standardized transcription methods, analytical techniques and methodological recommendations are provided by the Bioacoustic Unit. This document describes the current methods that are operational within the WildTrax interface.

Step-by-step instructions for project managers on how to set up and manage ARU projects within WildTrax.

An instructional guide on how to transcribe acoustic data within WildTrax.

A step-by-step video outlining how to transcribe acoustic data in WildTrax.

Step-by-step instructions for project managers on how to set up and manage remote camera projects within WildTrax.

An instructional guide on how to tag remote camera data within WildTrax.

This standard operating procedure (SOP) outlines the detailed step-by-step process that remote cameras images undergo from data upload to data download from WildTrax.

This report outlines how the ABMI calculates animal density from remote camera trap image data. The report describes in detail the components of this density estimate (how the ABMI collects the necessary information, results, assumptions, tests), other factors that need to be considered in some designs, and provides further discussion on the basic assumptions made and dealing with skewed sampling distribution.

Comparison of human observers and four different types of ARUs in order to calculate correction factors that correct for different detection distances between recorders, ultimately allowing for standardized data that can be compared in the same analysis. 

Want to know more?

Get step-by-step instructions with our User Guides and Tutorials. These documents and videos outline data management and analysis for ARUs and remote cameras.