Join mammal expert Dr. Erin Kuprewicz, from the Connecticut State Museum of Natural History, on a guided educational hike and trail cleanup at UConn Storrs to celebrate Earth Day!
The community is invited to learn about local Connecticut mammals and how camera traps are used to observe the secret lives of these elusive creatures, all while helping clean an active research site.
Dr. Kuprewicz will demonstrate how to set up a camera trap in the field and will also discuss her ongoing research in the massively collaborative camera-trapping project “Snapshot USA”. Snapshot USA was launched in 2019 to survey terrestrial wildlife populations across the United States and make the data collected freely available to everyone. This project involves over 115 collaborators from every state in the USA and has been running every fall for the past four years!
Sign-in begins at 9:45AM in W-Lot on Tower Loop Road, followed by a two-hour guided hike and trash pickup.
Program participants will meet to sign in before we walk to the trailhead together. Hike is partially off trail, going through some areas of dense vegetation. Cleanup supplies (bags, gloves, and sanitizer) will be provided, but appropriate clothing and protective gear (sun/rain/mud) is required! Event will be held rain or shine!