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Candid cameras on Mount Tam
benefit scientists and animal
lovers alike. L.L.
WHAT Three years ago, One Tam, a community
initiative dedicated to maintaining the long-term
health of Mount Tamalpais, installed the Critter
Cam. In order to achieve 24-hour surveillance of
the mountain, crews planted 100 cameras laid out
in a systematic grid, hidden in trees and foliage
throughout the woods.
WH Y The Critter Cam, also known as the Marin
Wildlife Picture Index Project, is meant to give
researchers a glimpse of what animals do in their
spare time away from humans. Now, millions of
images later, One Tam has enough data to establish
a baseline of current conditions on the mountain and
a better understanding of the habits of over a dozen
species. With this intel, they can take steps to better
protect wildlife in a rapidly changing world.
HOW TO PROTECT IT One Tam governs the crown
jewel of the county and is always looking for volunteers. The website offers a wealth of knowledge
and myriad volunteer opportunities, visible on
the calendar of events page. For an afternoon of
wildlife science there’s the Mount Tam Wildlife
Symposium taking place October 26. The summit
will feature results from the Wildlife Picture Index,
so expect lots of cute photos paired with serious