March SuperSnap
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by livgripko
1M ago
The March #SuperSnap goes to this buck scratching an itch in Grant County! Male white-tailed deer, also called bucks, will often be observed rubbing their head and antlers on trees in the fall for several reasons. The primary reason is to mark their territory during the mating season or “rut”, which stretches from October through December. Both male and female deer have glands in their foreheads called apocrine glands, which they will rub on trees and branches to mark their territory and communicate with other deer.  Bucks are known to mark more often than female deer and the glands are m ..read more
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January #SuperSnap
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by livgripko
3M ago
The January #SuperSnap goes to this badger striking a pose in Sauk County! Even though the American badger is Wisconsin’s state mascot, they are quite elusive creatures and rarely make appearances, so it’s always exciting to see one come across Snapshot Wisconsin trail cameras! A shot as clear as this one perfectly showcases their distinct features, like their dark “sideburns”. Have you ever wondered why the badger is Wisconsin’s state animal? Interestingly, it all dates back to the 1800s and revolves around a rich history of lead mining in Wisconsin. Early colonizers dug tunnels throughout th ..read more
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December #SuperSnap
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by Mackenzie McBride
4M ago
The December #SuperSnap goes to the sandhill crane stretching their wings in Rock County! Have you ever noticed how the feathers of a sandhill crane can range from gray to brown in color? In the spring, the naturally gray bird will “paint” their feathers with mud to camouflage themselves in brown grasses. The sandhill crane is often confused with the great blue heron, especially in flight. When you spot a large bird in the sky, pay close attention to their neck! An outstretched neck will indicate a crane, but a great blue heron will fly with their necks folded back.   A huge thanks ..read more
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Snapshot Celebrates 50 Zooniverse Seasons!
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by turnermackenzie
5M ago
Snapshot Wisconsin is celebrating its 50th Zooniverse Season this winter! The first Zooniverse season was launched on May 17th, 2016, and has continually brought in thousands of classifiers since then. From China to Mexico, from Russia to Brazil, volunteers have helped Snapshot Wisconsin make more than 9 million classifications! Global map showing countries where volunteers classify from. As we celebrate 50 seasons, we want to take a moment to express our gratitude to all the volunteers who make this project possible. Your work helps Snapshot Wisconsin provide valuable data and research to th ..read more
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October #SuperSnap
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by Mackenzie McBride
6M ago
The October #SuperSnap goes to the red fox that was seen preying on a snake in Pierce County! Foxes are fantastic hunters. In fact, they can locate a rustling sound within 1 degree of its exact location using their large, upright ears. When they locate their prey, they will creep low to the ground with their heads outstretched. Then, when they are in the perfect position, they will pounce on their unexpecting prey with their forefeet! Red foxes are omnivores, and they will consume a wide variety of plants and animals which varies with each season. A huge thanks to Zooniverse participant @Mege ..read more
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September #SuperSnap
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by Mackenzie McBride
7M ago
The September #SuperSnap goes to the curious coyote pup seen in Eau Claire County by a Snapshot Wisconsin trail camera! To prepare for their upcoming litter of 5-7 pups, coyotes will usually repurpose abandoned badger, woodchuck, or skunk burrows for their den sites.  Pups are born with short, yellow-brown fur and will be weaned from their mother by the time they are about 8-9 weeks old, at which point the den will be abandoned. They will learn to hunt by following their parents on hunting trips. By the end of the summer, the pups will be ready to go hunting on their own for some of their ..read more
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August #SuperSnap
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by Mackenzie McBride
7M ago
The August #SuperSnap goes to the doe and fawn spotted together in Sheboygan County! White-tailed deer photos make up 2/3 of animal photos captured by Snapshot Wisconsin trail cameras, which makes them the largest collection of animal photos in the Snapshot Wisconsin database. Each year, the Snapshot Wisconsin dataset is used to track population ratios such as adult sex ratios (doe to buck ratio) and recruitment ratios (fawn to doe ratio) throughout the state. The Snapshot Wisconsin volunteers who host trail cameras and spend many hours classifying photos contribute greatly to these efforts, a ..read more
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July #SuperSnap
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by Mackenzie McBride
10M ago
The July #SuperSnap goes to the weasel scurrying off with a prey item in Forest County! In Wisconsin, you can find three different species of weasel: the long-tailed, the short-tailed, and the least weasel. All three species of weasels may turn completely white in the winter, making it challenging to distinguish them. However, the long-tailed and short-tailed weasel will have a black tip on their tail, while the least weasel may only have a few black hairs. All weasels of Wisconsin have similar carnivorous diets, preying on small mammals and birds. A huge thanks to Zooniverse participant @Meg ..read more
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May #SuperSnap
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by Mackenzie McBride
1y ago
The May #SuperSnap goes to the two bobcats seen in Langlade County! This carnivorous species has an assortment of spots and colors throughout their coat that helps with camouflage. In Wisconsin, snowshoe hare and cottontail rabbit are major prey items for bobcat. However, they also will seek out prey such as porcupine, woodchuck, or even very young or old white-tailed deer. Although bobcats are usually solitary creatures, young bobcats will stick together, close to their mother. Around 9-10 months of age, adolescent bobcats will begin to wander across the landscape in search of an unoccupied t ..read more
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Outdoor Learning: Snapshot attends MOHEE
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by mariejensen430
1y ago
On May 10th, Snapshot attended the Midwest Outdoor Heritage Education Expo (MOHEE) at Havenwoods State Forest, Milwaukee! This was one of two large events hosted by the Outdoor Heritage Education Center (OHEC) this May, aiming to connect youth to outdoor skills and recreation. 31 organizations, ranging from DNR Fire Control to Ducks Unlimited and the Zoological Society of Milwaukee, came together to host activities, tables, and demonstrations for over 700 students from surrounding communities. Snapshot Wisconsin’s table featured photos from Havenwoods’ very own Snapshot camera and challenged v ..read more
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