Wildlife Cameras

Getting to know local oak woodland wildlife

The wildlife camera project expanded in 2016 to include the Pismo Preserve and new LATO partner Ocean View Elementary School (Arroyo Grande). Cameras at the Santa Margarita and Pismo Preserve sites are managed by teams of volunteers; Dr. John Perrine/Cal Poly Biological Sciences Department continues to serve as technical advisor. Major support is provided by the Arroyo Grande Sportsman’s Club and the San Luis Obispo County Fish and Game Fines Committee.

LATO Wildlife Camera Project began in Fall 2011 as a Cal Poly senior project under the guidance of Dr. John Perrine, Cal Poly Biological Sciences Department. Christina McAdams completed her senior project and graduated from Cal Poly in June 2012 with a B.S. in Environmental Management and Protection. “I love working outside and learning about wildlife and their interactions with their habitat and the larger environment. I became interested in studying wildlife with remote cameras when I learned about the technology and its applications in my Wildlife Management class.

Remote cameras are a fun and effective way to study wildlife, and are commonly used by wildlife biologists in the field. Working with the cameras and the students of Santa Margarita Elementary School has been a wonderful learning experience. Through this project I’ve gained invaluable experience related to planning, implementing and analyzing scientific data and integrating that knowledge with an exceptional educational program. I hope the students of Santa Margarita School will benefit from and enjoy the project as much as I have!”

Project goals:

  • Provide images of wildlife active in local oak woodlands and use these captures to stimulate student interest in local wildlife biology and habitat conservation studies.
  • Enable elementary school students and their families to see how scientists use wildlife cameras as an investigative tool.
  • Boost public awareness of the diversity of wildlife dependent on oak habitats for food and shelter.

Thanks to these volunteers:

Santa Margarita Wildlife Camera Team

Sue and Greig Cummings

Nathan, Dan and Katrina Sharon

Chris, Lydia and John Lawson

Julie Wales

Mike and Ruby Klatt

Pismo Preserve Wildlife Camera Team

Sue and Greig Cummings

Gary and Darlene Felsman

Gary and JoAnn Bissell

Sally Krenn and Kristin Blecha

Rick, Claire and Niels Grether

AND, special thanks to major supporter: