Becoming a Registered Volunteer

If you feel that you are able to submit regular sightings, please consider becoming a registered volunteer for MassBears and/or MassMammals. We are so excited to have your help and value the time and effort you have given to our project!

Please fill out the Registered Volunteer Interest Form below to become a registered volunteer for MassBears/MassMammals. This allows us to keep track of those among our sightings volunteers who are interested in submitting more regularly.

Once you have filled out the form, look out for an email from citscima@amherst.edu for more information and your personal Google Drive Folder where you can upload your photos directly from your device!

Refer below for more information on the main ways volunteers submit sightings.

Photo Submission Options

1. Submit to MassMammals or MassBears Sightings Forms

This method allows you to enter information on your own personal interests in our project, location/date/time of sightings, camera information, etc. in addition to uploading your bear/mammal photos and videos. We suggest this method for those who take photos using their phone and for those who submit sightings from various locations.

 

2. Directly upload your trail camera photos to your own Google Drive Folder 

This method allows more regular volunteers who use Trail Cameras or other fixed cameras to skip entering information on location/date/time of bear/mammal sightings and camera information. We suggest this method for those who have trail cameras or other cameras fixed in one location. It also helps if the photos display the time and date of the sightings. Once you become a registered volunteer, you will receive a link to a Google Drive Folder from our email – citscima@amherst.edu.

Monthly or biweekly submissions of all pictures that are captured from a trail camera are valuable data to us! This method will allow you to upload multiple photos at a time and hopefully save you time during this process.

Please visit the Trail Camera Volunteers page for more information on camera settings, location, and orientation.

Photo Credit to Susan Crim

 

3. Track your hike and identify traces of animals

Spotters help by going on hikes or walks and identifying any traces of animals (Moose, Bobcats, Coyotes, Fox, Fishers, Weasels, Mink, Marten, Porcupines, etc.) they find along the way, using a GPS tracking app. Even if no animal is found, tracking your hike can help us determine the locations where animals are not habituating, which is as important to our research as much as finding animals themselves. Check out the Spotter Volunteers page to see details about what being a spotter involves.

Spotter Volunteer in action!