07 Apr 2008, 23:49:00

Two new blog entries are up.

24 Feb 2006, 13:42:14

Watch: Is it Real? on the National Geographic Channel, 27 February 2006 at 8:00PM EST and 11:00PM EST!

13 Dec 2005, 21:00:00

All our cameras are out in the jungle!

01 Apr 2008, 14:13:00

Batang Ulas the Second

01 Apr 2008, 13:00:00

Batang Ulas the First

16 Feb 2006, 19:00:00

Fourth Trip to DGT

The Project

Expedition Continued

Transportation across the lake

At one camera site we cross a lake using the local canoes hollowed from a single tree trunk. Our crossing takes about an hour, periodically bailing water as the rocking edge of the canoe hovers just inches from the water. At another site, we have the good fortune of spending a couple of nights at one of the guides' farmhouse, which is a small one-room shelter on stilts.

Once we select a suitable tree for a camera, it usually takes about thirty minutes to physically mount it and set up the internal electronics. In addition, we must make careful note of the camera's position so that we can find it later. We do this using a combination of GPS coordinates, tree markings, and forest landmarks.

On camera maintenance trips, we use this location information to find the cameras and then spend about twenty minutes checking the integrity of the camera, its settings, and swapping memory cards and batteries. Checking the cameras often takes all day, but the jungle is pleasant and full of exotic sights and sounds. We often hear the calls of gibbons and birds, and occasionally sun bears and other animals.

Overlooking the jungle

Theft is naturally a concern. However, so far no camera we have placed has gone missing. A larger threat is moisture and insects. Already, one camera succumbed to an ant infestation, which destroyed the internal workings but produced some interesting images of gigantic, blurry ants!

Now that you have a feel for a jungle expedition, check out the next section for an overview of our long-term plan.