The following testimonials and photographs show
Trailmaster products in action. Click on a picture to enlarge the photo that was taken
with our products.
© 2006 Brenda Zaun, Wildlife Biologist
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Kauai National Wildlife Refuge Complex
“I am a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist at the Kauai National Wildlife Refuge Complex which includes a seabird refuge, Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge on Kauai, Hawaii. I have used active infrared TM 1550 BAT and TM35-1 cameras at two Newell's shearwater burrows on the refuge for three years now. Prior to this, we knew very little about the nesting behavior of this species. They are difficult to study because they are nocturnal and primarily nest high in the interior island mountains in thick vegetation on steep, often inaccessible slopes. We are fortunate to have a few nesting at this refuge likely because of a cross-fostering project conducted 30 years ago. We believe the nesters today are progeny from those birds. Using the TrailMaster equipment, we have documented courting, mating, incubation intervals between the pair, length of incubation, and chick provisioning frequency. Additionally, we have documented potential predators at the burrows too. I have been immensely satisfied with the quality and durability of the equipment and the helpfulness and responsiveness of the TrailMaster staff. You guys are doing a great job.
I've attached three photos taken with the TM1550 and the TM35-1 camera kit, two show potential predators at the burrow entrance and the last one is an adult and chick just outside of the burrow."
East Kalimantan, Indonesia
© 2006 Dave M. Augeri Ph.D.
© 2006 Dave M. Augeri Ph.D.
Good speaking with you. Attached is a copy of the first known photograph of a Bornean bay cat (Felis badia) taken on 5 June 2003 in a remote area of Kayan Mentarang National Park, East Kalimantan, Indonesia. Photo taken with TrailMaster active-infrared system and the modified Cannon. The log is there to slow down the animals and sometimes generates curiosity to keep them on-site longer. We also used brush, etc. to “funnel” animals into the photo zone and “pongee” sticks around the camera, receiver, and transmitter to protect them from damage.
For this trapping in East Kalimantan, we used a system of 24 cameras spaced in 4 km2 grid cells across a 48 km2 area. The cameras are now being used on a small carnivore project in Costa Rica.
"I thank you for your help on the phone today. Not only does your company offer the highest quality trail monitoring and camera trapping equipment available, your customer service and dedication to wildlife conservation really set you apart. The TM1550PS has enabled me to create wildlife photographs not otherwise possible. By allowing the camera to be close to the subject, it enables the use wide angle lenses that show animals in their landscape context. It also shows them behaving on their own terms without interference from the presence of a photographer. This photo on the cover of Smithsonian would not have been possible without TrailMaster. The elephants would have never let me get this close, and if they did, when the flashes went off I would probably not be here to tell you about it. The equipment has never let me down, surviving harsh environments from the rainforests of Central Africa to the scorching deserts of the Sahel. Now I plan to put it to work on panthers at home in Florida, where I am working to help save their habitat.
Thanks for your support"
Carlton Ward Jr.
The Snow Leopard Conservancy (SLC) conducted a camera trap study in Hemis National Park, Ladakh, India from 2001-2004 to develop a standardized methodology for censusing snow leopards (Uncia uncia). TrailMaster 1500/1550s (attached to two 35mm cameras with the TM Multi-Camera Trigger II) were placed along game trails, at rock scents and on ridgelines frequently traveled by snow leopards. The Conservancy was not only able to identify individuals and establish a baseline population estimate, but documented the first ever still images of marking behavior at rock scents. Through the course of the three year study, the SLC staff was able to capture photographs of mating snow leopard pairs, females with cubs, transient subadults, and the occasional lynx, Tibetan wolf, red fox and surprised yak. We compared the TrailMaster units with a few other commonly used camera passive infrared trap systems, and TrailMaster has proved to be the most reliable and versatile in the harsh Himalayan environment.
Camera trapping was conducted concurrent to the filming of the PBS Nature special, Silent Roar: Searching for the Snow Leopard, to which SLC staff served as advisors. Snow leopards range across 12 countries in Central Asia. In Pakistan, we trained the first villagers to successfully use remote cameras to capture images of snow leopards living nearby. SLC is expanding its coverage to incorporate other study sites in China, Nepal and Tajikistan.
The Wildlife Society Bulletin will publish a paper titled Estimating snow leopard population abundance using photography and capture-recapture techniques later this year (2006).
Those interested in learning more about camera trapping snow leopards can download our definitive Handbook by clicking here.
|We had used your TrailMaster system with great success. I recently had friends who own a wilderness lodge in Costa Rica purchase a couple of your remote triggers and cameras, so they could see what secretive wildlife they had on their property.
On a recent trip to Corcovado Np in Costa Rica, I used one of their TrailMasters and camera to photograph two different Ocelots that were using a cavity in a broken log as a latrine.
Thought you might want to see these pictures. Ocelots, like so many cats, are secretive and very difficult to photograph...thanks to TrailMaster, we can still make images of these jungle ghosts.
|Stanford University Professor Rudolfo Dirzo recently proposed a population study of deer, bobcat, coyote, and mountain lion using camera traps at Stanford's Jasper Ridge Biological Field Station. We tested many motion detecting camera systems and chose the TrailMaster TM 35-1 Camera and the 1550 Active Infrared Monitor System for the study. After thorough testing, we found this system highly reliable. Its user programmable features are ideal for our study. The TrailMaster staff has been extremely helpful in advising us on how to best use the systems in our setting. No other system met our needs. We have purchased 26 systems and are confident they will meet the study requirements.
|I used 2 of your TM 35 cameras with the Intervalometer and Multi-camera trigger this summer to monitor angler use on a remote trout pond in Maine. In past years, we would contract an aircraft for roughly $130/hr to do this work or hire a person to drive to these locations and count anglers. In a recent study, we spent a couple thousand dollars to monitor two trout ponds for a summer. Your cameras not only saved us a great deal of money, but allowed us to increase the number of counts to one or two per day instead of two or three per week. This improved the confidence interval of our angler estimate. Best of all, we can use the equipment again next year.
The cameras were set up to photograph the entire pond (25 acres) at a given time each day when we estimated angler use was highest. We disguised the cameras in a duck box. Attached is a photo of the setup (note the camera lens in the upper left corner of the left box) and a sample photo of the elusive Maine angler (not the typical subject for your cameras!). Your products are reliable and worked great, and I'm sure we will be purchasing a more in the next year or two.
© Wildlife Education Trails Project.
All rights reserved.
Trails Education Project publishes photographs taken with Trailmaster weatherproof cameras
positioned along wildlife trails at several locations in the Eastern Massachusetts
National Wildlife Refuge Complex.continued
© 2003 Duccio Berzi.
|Dr Duccio Berzi,
is a wolf biologist from Italy. Dr. Berzi uses Trailmaster cameras to study wolves.
© 2001 Michael Nichols/ National Geographic. All rights reserved.
photographer Michael "Nick" Nichols uses TrailMaster trail
monitoring equipment in his work ....
"Some animals are so afraid of humans that its nearly impossible to photograph
them up close. In 1993, I first experimented with TrailMaster cameras triggered by the
animal breaking an invisible beam..." continued
Click here to view a Trailmaster TM700V Video system in use in Japan capturing a bear on video. Click here to view the
video. (Please note that this video make take some time to load. At 56k this will be about 10
"I think the TrailMaster Active Infrared System
will revolutionize knowledge of tropical conservation biology. I've seen more species in
two years than I've seen in fifteen previous years in the field, especially of rare and
reclusive animals like the Sumatran rhino. This is the first modern picture of a wild
rhino in Southern Sumatra -- quite a feat considering there may only be a few hundred
rhinos left in all the forests of Sumatra."
"As you know I have been promoting your fine
product strongly among other field biologists. You will be pleased to know that a
forthcoming BBC/National Geographic film on tigers which covered my project recently will
feature Trailmaster and its use in tiger censusing quite prominently."
Cameroon, WEST AFRICA
"We received your TM 1500 and camera without
problems. We set up the camera near a mineral lick in the rainforest where forest
elephants frequently pass by. When I checked the camera a week later we had five hits.
I just received the developed exposures to find some excellent photographs of forest
elephants. You might be interested to know that unlike their Savannah brothers, forest
elephants have rarely been photographed or seen in the wild. They are smaller and have
very different habits than the Savannah variety. They also remain very well hidden. .
.Needless to say I am quite pleased with the results."
"Not only are TrailMaster units invaluable for
allowing me to get an accurate whitetail census, they also allow me to capture once in a
lifetime pictures. This albino fawn is only one of many pictures that I would have never
been able to get on my own. Whether it's getting an accurate population estimate, sex
ratio, age structure or once in a lifetime photos for seminars and articles, I use
TRAILMASTER because they simply are the best."
Belize, CENTRAL AMERICA
"I am forwarding to you the dupe negative of the
jaguar. . .Im sure you will agree that this is a once-in-a-lifetime shot. It was
shot on Kodacolor 200 and now hangs in Chan Chich Lodge where it attracts a great deal of
attention. If you look closely at the photo behind the animals hip, you will see a
light colored stick
this is where the sender is mounted but blocked from view. You
might be interested to know, the same animal was photographed a month later about 6pm at a TM location even closer to the lodge."
"It's proving to be a very interesting study and
attracting a lot of attention in conservation circles. Although were only about half
way through this year-long study, we're already making plans or a follow up study at
different locations. Thanks for you support and interest!"
|CAROLYN & BRUCE MILLER
Wildlife Conservation Society
"For more than 20 years I have been studying
tigers at Royal Chitwan National Park in Nepal. Recently I purchased one of your Trail
Master TM 1500 units and the camera, in order to take identification photos of tigers. The
second night I put it out by a road and got an excellent photo of a tigress. Then I
decided to put it up by a trail that runs along the crest of a ridge. I set it up about
two yards off the path. At 0902 one morning a male tiger walked through the beam and
activated the unit. The almost inaudible clickmade by the camera got his
attention. He attacked, knocking over the tripod. Seizing the camera in his mouth he
carried it 80 yards down the trail before dropping it. One of the tigers canines
penetrated the body of the camera, leaving a sizable hole just at the spot where the film
winds on. I dismissed the possibility that the photo would come out, but against all odds,
it did. I enclose a copy. Amazingly, the camera still works. . ."
". . .we had imported a few units of Trailmasters
for our survey work on nocturnal animals and to use these as a tool in identifying larger
cats by their stripe or spot patterns. We have recently started using in Rajaji National
Park and we have some photographs including tiger. Some of them are enclosed herewith for
your record and you may like to have also."
In the state of Victoria, Australia, Trailmaster
Remote Cameras have taken two photographs of the state's rarest marsupial, the
Brush-tailed Rock Wallaby. The species has not been sighted in the west of the state for
ten years, but two animals were photographed in rugged terrain in the Grampians National
Park using TM 1500 Monitors with Camera Units attached.
Ranger Craig Reid, who is part of the Victorian
Brush-tailed Rock Wallaby Recovery Team said the team was delighted with the results from
the Trailmaster equipment. "The team has been fighting to preserve this species for
over fifteen years and finally we have some positive proof of our efforts which have
generated considerable publicity. The equipment has proved to be extremely reliable, even
in this rugged environment and we are now expanding our use and applications of the units
to other areas of conservation management."
"I thought you might appreciate some recent
literature (and photos) from recent studies using your Trailmaster device. I currently
have several of the devices monitoring non-target feed consumption at free-choice deer
feeders. Have obtained some rather remarkable photos. Since I first received the
Trailmasters, I've thought of several studies where they can be used to obtain information
thats impossible to gather otherwise."
"Also, I gave a talk on using Trailmasters
recently at the 1st Wildlife Society Annual Meeting in Albuquerque in September. The talk
went well (talks rarely fail when youve got unique photography!). Finally, I have
two proposals in the mill now to get funding to study (a) nest depredation and (b)
deterring feed loss to nontarget animals a deer feeders. Both of these will involve
Texas Agricultural Extension
"I am a Wildlife Specialist . . .working with
endangered species. One of my duties consist of trying to verify the existence of
sensitive mammals within Arizona. The Trailmaster model TM1500 is one of the tools in my
arsenal. The lightweight system is quite inexpensive and easy to use when compared to the
person-hours saved in monitoring an area. Set properly this system is quite effective at
monitoring a wide range of wildlife species.
For example, I set up the Trailmaster system on the
west slope. . .During the eight months this system was working, I was able to photograph
15 mammal species and four avian species from one location. The size of the subjects
ranged from a yellow-eyed junco to a black bear. I am including some of the photographs
from this setting. I believe the Trailmaster system use in wildlife management will
increase over time. . .Keep up the good work. You produce a high quality product that
makes my work both enjoyable and exciting in discovering what is out in the wilds of
"Please find enclosed photo of 12 pt. Buck taken
10/8/91 in Conn. during archery season. It is very possibly the #1 typical taken to date.
I strongly feel that without the use of my trail master my chances of taking this buck
"I have enclosed some pictures, one in
particular, of a nice 10 point that we captured and radio collared last year. He has
become quite photogenic and enjoys having the Trailmaster catch him
you ever need pictures, I have hundreds to pick from. . . The deer research continues with
your equipment playing a lead role."
"Thought I would send you a couple of the
thousands of pictures I've gotten since I purchased your Trailmaster and camera five years
ago. As you can see I have gotten many pictures of different animals. I always look
forward to taking the film for developing - Anticipation of great pictures are like
Testimonials without photographs
"I had anticipated that the site would be a
staging area for the deer before they moved on to the oaks and corn field.
Instead, by using the Trailmaster, I found that the site itself became a major feeding
area. . .I only hunted the site 5 days in November. And I only hunted the site based on
the clock times. In those 5 days, I identified 6 different doe families (does &
fawns), and 6 different bucks. This is in an area that has less than 20 deer a square
mile. . .You can see why I am so pleased with the unit. I didnt waste my time in the
area when the deer were not there. . .I just wanted to let you know how a satisfied
customer feels about your product."
"I have really been satisfied with your product.
It really holds up in bad weather especially rain and very high wind. It has helped me
take 3 deer already, and without spending all my time in a stand and walking around in the
woods. I really appreciate your product. It has really helped me out this year. Keep
making fine products and have a customer for life."