The burgeoning field of arboreal camera trapping is revealing new knowledge about tree-dwelling species. Recent advances in camera technology, climbing techniques and safety equipment have brought the forest canopy more easily within researchers’ reach. A new study gathers the experiences of researchers working in 24 countries across six continents on 90 arboreal camera-trapping projects to help future researchers plan, design and execute surveys. The study provides a foundation from which to develop standardized arboreal camera-trapping approaches that will allow researchers to compare data across projects and locations and reveal important global biodiversity patterns. Over the past few decades, scientists have used camera traps to detect rare and elusive animals, document species diversity, and record new interactions and behaviors. But most of these studies were conducted on the ground; what was going on higher up in the canopy remained a mystery. Recent advances in camera technology, climbing techniques and safety equipment have brought the forest canopy more easily within researchers’ reach. By setting up cameras in trees, scientists are beginning to plug gaps in our understanding of arboreal, or tree-dwelling, species. Now, a team of researchers have gathered together global knowledge on the burgeoning field of arboreal camera trapping . […]

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