What is it about spotting birds in your backyard or seeing curious foxes on a hiking trail that imbues us with a sense of wonder? Wildlife viewing is not only fun but educational; respectfully observing animals is the most direct way of getting to know your local fauna. This fascination of witnessing wildlife in action is part of why our Eagle Cam has such a dedicated fanbase.
We installed cameras in strategic parts of Duke Farms property and found some great footage; we hope that by sharing it, we can spark interest in local fauna. Since this is a new development, we thought it would be helpful to have a Q&A on our Critter Cams.
- What kind of camera do you use?
The camera we use is a day/night motion-activated camera (usually called a game camera or deer camera, used by hunters and wildlife professionals). It looks for a sudden change of heat in front of it and snaps a pic or video. The camera has an LED light that can allow the camera to take photos at night in black and white.
- What makes a certain location a high-traffic area?
The area the beaver is attempting to dam is a secluded, shallow part of Dukes Brook where animals can cross and stay dry while not being seen by other animals.
- Is this location accessible to people?
No. These locations are hard-to-reach and not recommended for exploration. Wildlife watching is best with as little human interference as possible; watching the Critter Cam gives you the experience of wildlife watching without disturbing the animals.
- What is the beaver doing?
The beaver is dragging branches and clumps of mud to the area it wants to dam up. It’ll usually do this at night as it cuts down branches, eats the bark and then drags the remaining wood to the site where it thinks it can hold back water. The mink was carrying food, in this case, fish. The foxes were probably moving between areas looking for prey, one of them appears to be missing a section of tail.
- What is the value of this footage?
The camera was initially set up to see the progress of the beaver that was building a dam and taking down small brush and trees by the river edge. We thought the footage was cool, hence our decision to share it.
- When is the best time for peak animal activity?
So far, most of these animals are nocturnal, though all may occasionally be active during the day.
- Can the animals see the camera?
They may see the cameras nighttime LED (they may see a very dull but sudden glow from the camera LED flash at night, some animals can see different wavelengths of light).