A coyote walks towards the camera on a sandy path in the dark.
Coyote in the Uplands In the upland area of our Dangermond Preserve, we were able to capture one of our most common predators, a coyote (Canis latrans). © John Stuelpnagel

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Wildlife Caught on Camera

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Fronds unfurl. Bird eggs hatch. Coyotes hunt. Though we usually don't see them in real time, these fascinating natural events continually unfold around us. 

In fact, most of us will go our entire lives without seeing a mountain lion in the wild or an eaglet fledging its nest. Thankfully, we have wildlife cams and camera traps to capture these moments for us, bringing us closer to nature and gathering critical data. 

The more we know about wildlife activity and movement, the better informed we are in our work to protect their habitat. Using camera traps and livestream cameras in strategically placed areas helps us collect this data that would otherwise be nearly impossible to gather. And, it's relatively inexpensive. 

Though the data may be helping solve some serious issues, it doesn't mean we can't take a minute to simply enjoy the videos and images that come with it. As you scroll through the photos and videos below, go ahead and gush. Let your jaw drop in awe. It's all a part of getting to know and respect the wildlife all around us. 

An osprey with brown and black wings and head and a white underside stands on a nest with its wings outstretched with marshlands in the background.
Osprey An osprey on nest in New Jersey. © TNC

Ospreys at South Cape May Meadows

At this globally renowned birding hot-spot in Cape May, New Jersey, we've got livestream cameras on an osprey nest. The ospreys will nest and raise young along the Jersey coast from early spring to late summer before migrating to South America. 

Watch the Ospreys at South Cape May Meadows

A small bird of prey with a tan underside, gray wings and black markings perches on the edge of a rock.
American kestrel The American kestrel is the smallest and most common falcon in North America. © Shutterstock

Kestrels at Great Salt Lake

We're back for another season of the beloved kestrel cam at Utah's Great Salt Lake. Though fairly common across North America, scientists have reported declines in American kestrel populations. For that reason, they are a welcome sight at the Great Salt Lake, and their presence is a strong indicator a healthy wetland ecosystem. 

Watch the Kestrel Livestream

Two prairie chickens stand facing each other in a grassy field.
Greater Prairie Chicken Greater Prairie Chickens on Dunn Ranch Prairie. © Danny Brown

Greater Prairie Chickens at Dunn Ranch Prairie

During April and May, livestream cameras at our Dunn Ranch Prairie in Missouri will be placed on one of our leks (mating grounds) of the state-endangered greater prairie-chicken to showcase their unique mating rituals. Come back often because we will move this camera throughout the year to capture all the beauty that this landscape brings. 

Watch the Greater Prairie Chicken Livestream

Wildlife at Dangermond

The Dangermond Preserve provides critical habitat for wide-ranging mammal species, including mountain lion, bobcat, coyote, deer, black bear, badger and several species of bats. To understand how these animals use this landscape, we placed motion-activated cameras in strategic locations across the preserve. Click the photos to see what we learned.

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A bobcat walks towards the camera in the dark.
A coyote walks towards the camera along a sandy trail in the dark.
A tan mountain lion walks into the night away from the camera.
A brown bear climbs over rocks and branches towards the camera with its head pointed down.
A wild pig with dark grey fur viewed from the side close to the camera on sandy ground.
A sage grouse with brown wings displays its puffed up white chest and splayed tail feathers.
Greater sage-grouse A male greater sage-grouse on lek grounds. © Joe Kiesecker/TNC

Greater Sage-Grouse in Oregon

On spring mornings, from about mid-March to mid-May, sage-grouse congregate at breeding grounds called leks where the male grouse strut their courtship dances for possible mates. And their moves are quite impressive. Luckily, we're able to see some of them from afar through our partnership with Explore.org and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Watch the Greater Sage-Grouse Livestream

A prairie chicken runs towards the camera through dry grass.
Lesser Prairie-Chicken Logan County, Kansas © Harland J Schuster

Lesser Prairie Chickens at Smoky Valley Ranch

During April and May, tune into livestream cameras at our Smoky Valley Ranch Preserve in Kansas. The birds are active in the morning and early evening, but don't worry if you miss them live. You can scroll the video back to see previously recorded activity. 

Watch the Lesser Prairie Chicken Livestream

Black and white trail cam photo of two hears at night.
Black Bears As part of Staying Connected Initiative, 30 motion-sensing cameras were placed throughout the Connecticut River Valley to help track wildlife, like these black bears. © Eric Aldrich/TNC

Tracking Wildlife in New Hampshire

Researchers deployed more than 30 motion-sensing cameras along a rural highway in New Hampshire to help find the places where they are crossing.

See the Results

Trail Camera at Gila Riparian Preserve

Dr. Keith Geluso, a biology professor at the University of Nebraska at Kearney, had a hypothesis: the Gila River and its floodplain—with its natural flow regime—likely support a vast number of mammals. But there wasn’t much research. That’s why he set up a camera at our Gila Riparian Preserve. Click the photos to see some of his discoveries.

A mountain lion walks towards the camera.
A black bear walks along a trail towards the camera.
A scruffy brown pig  on a forest trail.
Black and white trail cam photo of a fox walking towards the camera.
The head and ears of a tan rabbit are visible near the bottom of the frame.