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Sandburg Home to catch bears on wildlife cams

Personnel at the Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site will begin monitoring the travels of black bear throughout the park. The park is also seeking help from neighbors who would be willing to place a wildlife camera on their property.

The park has partnered with the Division of Museum and Natural Sciences at North Carolina State University to strategically place wildlife cameras at locations within the park boundaries. The cameras will capture images of bear and other wildlife activity. Results of this study will provide a clearer understanding of how frequently, and to what extent the park is used by bears and other wildlife species.

To expand the monitoring area and provide more valuable camera data, the researchers at NCSU are inviting neighbors to volunteer to place a wildlife camera in their own backyards. Volunteer property owners need to live within a one kilometer (0.6 miles) radius of the park. Use of the camera and training for camera set up and maintenance are provided, without cost, by NCSU. If you are interested, please visit this website to sign up:

Roland Kays, director of the Biodiversity Lab at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, and Arielle Parsons, eMammal Project Coordinator, have extensive experience with wildlife monitoring and it is exciting to have them lead this project at the Sandburg Home and in the surrounding Flat Rock community. To learn more about the eMammal Project, visit