Like last year, the OPTMix device participated in the Snapshot Europe initiative in 2022. Snapshot Europe (https://app.wildlifeinsights.org/initiatives/2000166/Snapshot-Europe) is a coordinated and standardized camera trap effort to collect data on mammals across Europe. The initiative is supported by Euromammals and the Max Planck Institute of Animal Behaviour, in partnership with Snapshot USA (https://app.wildlifeinsights.org/initiatives/2000156/Snapshot-USA).
Collaborators sample 10-50 sites during September-October of each year for at least 3 weeks per site and 400 camera trap-days across all sites. The study is designed to sample sites in all countries stratified across habitat types and development zones (suburban/rural/wild/urban).
This year brought together researchers around 69 monitoring sub-projects with over 900 monitored sites. The Snapshot initiative started in the United States in 2019. Since then, it has been renewed every year.