MICA - Muskrat and coypu camera trap observations in Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany

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This camera trap dataset is derived from the Agouti project MICA - Management of Invasive Coypu and muskrAt in Europe. Data have been standardized to Darwin Core using the camtraptor R package and only include observations (and associated media) of animals. Excluded are records that document blank or unclassified media, vehicles and observations of humans. Geospatial coordinates are rounded to 0.001 degrees. The original dataset description follows.

MICA - Muskrat and coypu camera trap observations in Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany is an occurrence dataset published by the Research Institute of Nature and Forest (INBO). It is part of the LIFE project MICA, in which innovative techniques are tested for a more efficient control of muskrat and coypu populations, both invasive species. The dataset contains camera trap observations of muskrat and coypu, as well as many other observed species. Issues with the dataset can be reported at https://github.com/inbo/mica-occurrences/issues

We have released this dataset to the public domain under a Creative Commons Zero waiver. We would appreciate it if you follow the INBO norms for data use (https://www.inbo.be/en/norms-data-use) when using the data. If you have any questions regarding this dataset, don't hesitate to contact us via the contact information provided in the metadata or via opendata@inbo.be.

This dataset was collected using infrastructure provided by INBO and funded by Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO) as part of the Belgian contribution to LifeWatch. The data were collected as part of the MICA project, which received funding from the European Union’s LIFE Environment sub-programme under the grant agreement LIFE18 NAT/NL/001047. The dataset was published with funding from Stichting NLBIF - Netherlands Biodiversity Information Facility.

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Occurrence (core)

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Cartuyvels E, Adriaens T, Baert K, Baert W, Boiten G, Brosens D, Casaer J, D'hondt B, De Boer A, Debrabandere M, Devisscher S, Donckers D, Dupont S, Franceus W, Fritz H, Fromme L, Gethöffer F, Gouwy J, Herbots C, Huysentruyt F, Kehl L, Letheren L, Liebgott L, Liefting Y, Lodewijkx J, Maistrelli C, Matthies B, Meijvisch K, Moerkens D, Neukermans A, Neukermans B, Ronsijn J, Schamp K, Slootmaekers D, Tiggelman L, Van Donink S, Van der beeck D, Desmet P (2023). MICA - Muskrat and coypu camera trap observations in Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany. Version 1.11. Research Institute for Nature and Forest (INBO). Occurrence dataset. https://doi.org/10.15468/5tb6ze


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camera traps; public awareness campaign; flood protection; flood control; damage prevention; animal damage; pest control; invasive alien species; muskrat; coypu; Occurrence; Observation


Emma Cartuyvels
  • Provedor Dos Metadados
  • Originador
  • Ponto De Contato
Research Institute for Nature and Forest (INBO)
Tim Adriaens
  • Originador
Research Institute for Nature and Forest (INBO)
Kristof Baert
  • Originador
Research Institute for Nature and Forest (INBO)
Warre Baert
  • Originador
Gust Boiten
Dimitri Brosens
  • Originador
Research Institute for Nature and Forest (INBO)
Jim Casaer
  • Originador
Research Institute for Nature and Forest (INBO)
Bram D'hondt
  • Originador
Research Institute for Nature and Forest (INBO)
Abel De Boer
Manon Debrabandere
Sander Devisscher
  • Originador
Research Institute for Nature and Forest (INBO)
Dennis Donckers
Silke Dupont
  • Originador
Research Institute for Nature and Forest (INBO)
Wouter Franceus
  • Originador
Heiko Fritz
Lilja Fromme
Friederike Gethöffer
Jan Gouwy
  • Originador
Research Institute for Nature and Forest (INBO)
Casper Herbots
  • Originador
Frank Huysentruyt
  • Originador
Research Institute for Nature and Forest (INBO)
Leo Kehl
Liam Letheren
Lydia Liebgott
Yorick Liefting
  • Originador
Wageningen University
Jan Lodewijkx
  • Originador
Claudia Maistrelli
Björn Matthies
Kelly Meijvisch
Dolf Moerkens
  • Originador
Unie van Waterschappen
Axel Neukermans
  • Originador
Research Institute for Nature and Forest (INBO)
Brecht Neukermans
  • Originador
Jelle Ronsijn
  • Originador
Kurt Schamp
  • Originador
Research Institute for Nature and Forest (INBO)
Dan Slootmaekers
Linda Tiggelman
  • Originador
Sanne Van Donink
  • Originador
Research Institute for Nature and Forest (INBO)
Danny Van der beeck
Peter Desmet
  • Originador
Research Institute for Nature and Forest (INBO)

Cobertura Geográfica

Belgium (Flanders), The Netherlands and Germany.

Coordenadas delimitadoras Sul Oeste [50,699, 3,518], Norte Leste [53,407, 8,33]

Cobertura Taxonômica

The target species for this dataset are Ondatra zibethicus and Myocastor coypus, but many other species have been observed as well.

Espécie Accipiter gentilis, Acrocephalus schoenobaenus, Acrocephalus scirpaceus, Aix galericulata, Alcedo atthis, Alopochen aegyptiaca, Anas clypeata, Anas crecca, Anas penelope, Anas platyrhynchos, Anas strepera, Anser anser, Apodemus sylvaticus, Ardea alba, Ardea cinerea, Arvicola amphibius, Aythya fuligula, Bos taurus, Botaurus stellaris, Branta canadensis, Cairina moschata, Capreolus capreolus, Castor fiber, Cervus elaphus, Chroicocephalus ridibundus, Coloeus monedula, Columba oenas, Columba palumbus, Corvus corax, Corvus corone, Cyanistes caeruleus, Cygnus olor, Cyprinus carpio, Dendrocopos major, Equus caballus, Erinaceus europaeus, Erithacus rubecula, Felis catus, Fringilla coelebs, Fringilla montifringilla, Fulica atra, Gallinago gallinago, Gallinula chloropus, Garrulus glandarius, Homo sapiens, Lepus europaeus, Luscinia svecica, Lutra lutra, Martes foina, Martes martes, Meles meles, Motacilla cinerea, Mustela erminea, Mustela nivalis, Mustela putorius, Myocastor coypus, Myodes glareolus, Ondatra zibethicus, Oryctolagus cuniculus, Ovis aries, Parus major, Phalacrocorax carbo, Phasianus colchicus, Phoenicurus phoenicurus, Pica pica, Picus viridis, Podiceps cristatus, Procyon lotor, Prunella modularis, Rallus aquaticus, Rattus norvegicus, Sciurus vulgaris, Scolopax rusticola, Strix aluco, Sturnus vulgaris, Sus scrofa, Sylvia atricapilla, Tachybaptus ruficollis, Tadorna ferruginea, Tadorna tadorna, Tringa ochropus, Troglodytes troglodytes, Turdus iliacus, Turdus merula, Turdus philomelos, Tyto alba, Vulpes vulpes

Cobertura Temporal

Data Inicial / Data final 2019-09-18 / 2023-09-27

Dados Sobre o Projeto

Invasive alien species such as the coypu and muskrat pose a major threat to biodiversity and cost millions of euros annually. By feeding on rushes and reeds, these animals cause serious damage to the environment in which they live and endangered species suffer from habitat loss. The disappearance of reeds and digging in dikes represents a safety risk for humans in the lowland areas. With the LIFE project MICA (https://lifemica.eu), the partners from the participating countries want to develop a transnational plan for the management of coypu and muskrat populations in Europe and aim to reduce their population. The objective of an effective population control of coypu and muskrat is to protect lowlands from flooding, to prevent crop damage and loss of biodiversity. The objective of the project is to serve as a pilot and demonstration project in which ‘best practices’ are tested and new techniques are developed for a more efficient control of muskrat and coypu populations. By involving organisations from Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands, the project also promotes international cooperation and knowledge exchange in the field of muskrat and coypu management.

Título MICA - Management of Invasive Coypu and muskrAt in Europe
Identificador LIFE18 NAT/NL/001047
Financiamento LIFE programme
Descrição da Área de Estudo Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany
Descrição do Design This project uses a targeted sampling design. Animals are unmarked and camera traps are triggered with motion detection and time lapse. Media are classified at sequence level.

O pessoal envolvido no projeto:

Emma Cartuyvels

Métodos de Amostragem

A standard protocol (https://lifemica.eu/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/Protocol-camera-traps.pdf) was followed to choose the location for the traps. The setup of camera traps was standardised for water habitat. Subsequently, 33 camera traps were deployed in four locations in Flanders and one in Germany. Once a month images were collected from the camera traps and uploaded to Agouti. Project members scored the images in Agouti.

Área de Estudo Four locations in Flanders and one in Germany were sampled using 26 camera traps in Flanders and 7 in Germany. These camera traps were located in areas where the presence of muskrat and/or coypu was suspected. The camera traps are motion triggered and therefore also collected images of other animals found in these locations.
Controle de Qualidade Data are collected using a predefined sampling protocol. All observations of muskrats, coypu, brown rats and European water voles are cross-validated by experienced project members.

Descrição dos passos do método:

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Metadados Adicionais

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