Panther Cams. To document endangered Florida panthers.
Fund the building of 2 custom DSLR camera traps to photograph endangered Florida panthers.
This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Fri, May 31 2019 4:00 AM UTC +00:00.
Raising funds to build DSLR camera traps
The Florida panther is one of the most endangered mammals alive. Their numbers are estimated to be about 200. And each year, 25 to 30 Florida panthers are killed by vehicle accidents. They are one of the most imperilled mammals on Earth. While there is a lot that we know about Florida panthers, there is far more we need to know about them if we want to try to help them survive.
I created this project to raise the funds needed to build 2 custom DSLR camera traps that were destroyed by hurricane Irma. Each setup will contain a camera and lens, a motion trigger, 2 flashes, and battery packs--all in waterproof, durable containers. When a panther crosses in front of the setup, a motion trigger will direct the camera to take several pictures. The off-camera flashes will light up the panther and its surrounding area.
They say "a picture is worth a thousand words". That is so true. A picture of a Florida panther from a camera trap tells bologists so many things.
Like all of south Florida, a Florida panther's habitat is close to water. In fact, they need to move through water in order to hunt; whether they are walking through swamp, or crossing rivers.
There are a handful of collared panthers. The data that is collected from a collared panther is extremely valuable. But it is just a start. Here a collared male named FP193 walked past a camera trap with a young lady friend.
If this project is really successful, I would purchase a couple video trail cameras to replace 2 that were lost during hurricane Irma. Game cameras can give additional information that pictures can't give. Video trail cameras can capture the audio from panthers. Below is a video of 2 panthers walking on a raised tram. They vocalized several times as they were walking past.
This next video shows a make Florida panther calling for a mate. He called to notify female panthers in the area that he is in the area and looking for "love".
This next video contains footage from 4 separate video cameras at the exact same location, but at different angles. A mother panther was relocating her 3 kittens because her den was flooded out because of an early rainy season. Turn you volume up and you can hear them communicating to each other.
Depending on which funding option you choose, you might receive a limited edition Ghost orchid print. Or, you might go on a swamp hike and find a Ghost orchid in bloom to photograph yourself.
We need DSLR camera traps to help learn more about our threatened Florida panthers. I need the support of conservation minded people like yourself to get this funded. Pictures are a key element in knowing the health of these beautiful creatures. Thank you for giving to this Kickstarter campaign and sharing this with your friends.
Risks and challenges
Whenever you try to capture rare wild animals in their natural habitat, things can happen that are out of your control. But my experience in documenting these beautiful creatures will help to ensure I capture some of the best images I can. As you can see by some of the images in this Kickstarter story, I have been fairly successful thus far. With two cameras to replace the two lost in hurricane Irma, I am confident even better images will be captured.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter