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Wildlife Camera Program - Critter Cam

Oct. 15th Deadline: double the impact of your gift!

$3000 Challenge Met Ahead of October 15th deadline!

Your support sustains this vital program

Bobcat photo taken recently
Bobcat documented by a Critter Cam

With your gift today, Critter Cam can continue collecting wonderful images to share and to help inform actions to protect at-risk wildlife!


By reaching the goal more than half of the annual costs of the Critter Cam program has been raised! Additional donations will help support it for even longer!

Your gift of $10, $20, $50 or more will go a long way in helping wildlife!

Remote camera
Camera positioned along a known game trail

The Critter Cam program conducts research in remote areas to help guide our land conservation efforts. In the above photo, you see one of our cameras in action. The cameras are managed by a staff scientist in partnership with an amazing group of dedicated volunteers. .


Images are shared on on Facebook Critter Cam Group
Click here to go to the Facebook Group

Critter Cam has 2 Primary Goals:

  1. Identify key properties for conservation
  2. Assist with preserve management activities

By setting cameras on lands owned by The San Diego River Park Foundation we can better understand where animals, especially large mammals, move. This helps advance understanding of the range of these animals as well as the wildlife corridors they move through. This knowledge guides conservation actions these critters need.

Critter Cam informs our Land Acquisition program. If we identify an area as important for wildlife, we work to purchase privately owned open spaces in that area that are up for sale for development.


In addition, once we acquire a property by knowing how and when animals move we can adjust recreation and land management activities to protect these amazing critters. We work to remove barriers to movement such as old unused cattle fencing and focus restoration areas to provide "cover" for wildlife to move through.


To date we have recorded 1000s of critters including cougar, badger, deer, fox, and bobcat. In 2020 we documented our first ring tailed cat!

One of the critter cams recently documented a wild pig. Wild pigs are extremely destructive for an ecosystem. Our image was shared with USFS, CDFW and others so they can take needed management activities.




$200 One Year Camera Sponsorship or $20 per month - 1 Available

Sponsor a wildlife camera for one year. You will be invited by the Camera Team to join them as they hike to your camera. If you prefer, you can join in on the hike by ZOOM, meet program staff and see a wildlife camera.


Sponsors also receive special photos that your camera has taken directly from the program staff.


Note: the current available sponsorshio is in a remote place without cell coverage. So ZOOM isn't availabe, but you will be able to "ZOOM" in to a nearby camera.

The Camera Crew goes to the camera on a regular basis to download images. It can be a thrilling opportunity to see the photos first and you are invited to join. Most camera locations require hiking on remote trails. If you prefer, let us know and we can see if a camera is available with easier access. Use the PayPal button and enter a $200 donation or sign-up for a $20 per month gift. Other giving options are also available.

Do you want to make a difference for wildlife?

Your donation of $10 or more to support the Critter Cam Program is greatly appreciated

Currently we have 8 cameras deployed in open spaces within the upper San Diego River Watershed.

There are 3 cameras that are cell-ready. They use a cell phone signal to send us images as they come in. By receiving photos several times each day we know right away about wildlife movement as well as issues such as trespassing. We share the best photos with our Facebook Group as well as wildlife agencies and researchers. It can be lots of fun to see these images as they come in. We need to go to the cameras on a regular basis to maintain them and to recover higher quality images.


There are 5 other cameras, that aren't cell-ready. Our amazing Critter Cam team visits these cameras to recover images and conduct maintenance activities on a frequent basis.


We would love to add 2 new cameras as resources are available so we can convert some of our cameras to cell-ready. (not all areas have sufficient cell coverage to support this activity). We also need to replace cameras as they are damaged, stolen, or even shot by hunters. Our current goal is to have 10 active cameras. Each camera along with solar panel (when appropriate), security devices and installation costs $1000.

If you are interested in helping to expand the number of cameras, please let us know!

Other Donation Options:

Mail a check to:

The San Diego River Park Foundation

PO Box 80126
San Diego, CA 92138

Please indicate in memo: Critter Cam

By Phone: call our office at 619-297-7380 Tuesday - Friday 9 - Noon,and we can take your credit card information over the phone and answer questions. For other times, please leave a message and we will call you back.

We will send you a donation receipt for your records (please provide email or mailing address). Thank you!


Special thanks to our Program Sponsor:

Chip Owen

From the earliest days, Chip has been an incredible supporter of this program! Thanks Chip! Do you have questions about our wildlife cameras program?

Contact Natalie, by email

Current Camera Annual Sponsors:

Everett and LaVerne Neuman (2)

Vickie Church (2)
Hiroko Tsuyuki
Jake Sibley


Jake Sibley
Richard Ledford


Interested in volunteering on the camera team? We are currently looking for two people to join the team. You can be the first to see the photos! Or volunteer to help sort through the hundreds of images.

Contact us for more information by email or by calling (619) 297-7380.


Recent Photos

Bobcat at Eagle Peak Preserve Cougar


Deer at Boulder Creek Preserve Fox at Eagle Peak Ranch

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Thank You
to all who have donated!

Christna Yard
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Patricia McGee
Victoria Tade
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Los California LLC
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R. Greene & Associates Inc.
Allan Fisher
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Heide Pedersen
JR Fox
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Rita-Maria Kafalas-May

Rae Newman
Michael Gardner
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Brett Laff
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Jeanne Brown
Leslie LaForest
Sophia Frost
Monique Falucho
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Paula Pease
William Marsh
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John Zarem
Cindy Scheevel
Mary Ann Hawke
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Charles Sykes
Jacqueline Bergseid
Vickie Church
Pamela Williams
Patricia Moses
Elizabeth Devin
Patrick McEvoy
Cindy Burrascano
Paula Meyer
Jean Molentin
Stephanie Ayerdis
Connie Vickers
Nancy Smith
Melissa Rose
Mysteri LeMay
Rob Hutsel
Chip Owen

Liz Doroski
Tom Wallace
Teresa Varnell


Updated: 10/14 3:45 PM

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Thank you!