Project Results & Trends

Help build a larger network of wildlife cameras by observing the seasonal movements of Sky Island species in the U.S. and Mexico.

What does the data submitted through FotoFauna tell us about wildlife in the Sky Island region? Use this FotoFauna Dashboard to explore results from this project by species, by location, and by camera site—and see what kind of wildlife have been detected near you.


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Since launching the FotoFauna project in October 2020, volunteers and partners have contributed over 1,000 total checklists from hundreds of unique locations in the U.S. and Mexico. These data provide a new window for us to look at the diversity and distribution of mammals and select bird and reptile species in the Sky Island region…

All of which can be found in our new FotoFauna Dashboard!

The Data So Far

Each checklist confirms the presence of 44 species (plus other birds and reptiles observed) recorded by a trail camera at least once during a month or confirms that a particular species was not documented. By growing this network of cameras across the region and collecting more checklists over time, communities in this region — from Tucson, AZ to Hermosillo, MX — can deepen their understanding of the wildlife species present in their neighborhoods and use this information to guide local wildlife conservation actions.

With the first year data in hand, we now know:

  • 33% of the FotoFauna data received through August 2021 are from locations within 10 km of the U.S.-Mexico border.
  • The most commonly recorded species on submitted monthly checklists are:
    • Coyote (Canis latrans) with 595 records
    • Javelina (Pecari tajacu) with 473 records
    • Bobcat (Lynx rufus) with 400 records
    • Cottontails (both Desert and Eastern combined, Sylvilagus spp.) with 391 records
    • White-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) with 338 records
  • Across the FotoFauna network, over 36 wildlife taxa were documented out of 47 total taxa on the checklist. See the section below on Most Wanted Species for the taxa we’re still waiting to detect.
  • A camera near Wilcox, Arizona has detected the most wildlife species on the checklist within the network so far, recording a whopping 25 species!
  • Within the greater Tucson, Arizona area, FotoFauna cameras have detected 28 wildlife species, including badger, ringtail, and all four Sky Island skunk species.

Dashboard Guide

Here are a few tips for exploring the FotoFauna Dashboard. Note: If the dashboard on our website doesn’t work for you, you can also view it in full screen here.

  • Expand the dynamic data figures around the map by clicking on the upper right corner of each panel (the circle with four arrows pointing outwards).
  • View the map legend or change the basemap by clicking the icons on the upper right corner of the map pane.
  • Zoom into specific locations on the map by hovering over the map and scrolling down (scroll up to zoom out).
  • Click and drag the map to move the field of view eastward (drag left), southward (drag up), westward (drag right), or northward (drag down).

To view data by species:

Use the FotoFauna Dashboard to see which species are seen most often across the camera network and where they are present on the map (by clicking one or more purple species bars on the bottom graph). The species displayed on the species frequency figure scales to the map extent so as you zoom in, the combination of species shown and the number of records of these species reflects the area in view.

To view data by camera site:

Click on a camera location to see the total number of species observed in that location, the months of checklist data available, and the extent to which influences of people, domestic animals, livestock, or vehicles affect this location. Note that each location is approximate to protect privacy, so the actual camera location in within 1,000 m of the displayed point.

If the camera location marker is blue, the camera is within 15 meters of drinkable water for a majority of the months reporting. If the camera location is yellow, the camera was not within 15 meters of drinkable water for majority of the months reporting. The size of the camera location marker scales with total species richness, so larger markers indicate more species observed at that location.

To view data by locale:

Explore the wildlife richness of different neighborhoods by zooming into locations on the map or clicking on a locale (green bar) on the figure to the right of the map.

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Watch: How to Use the FotoFauna Dashboard

Most Wanted Species

Here are the species we have not yet detected through the Sky Island FotoFauna network. (Hint: Click on a photo to view the species name and description.) If you have seen any of these species in your area, consider joining FotoFauna to add your data to our Dashboard!