Beanblossom Creek Wildlife Camera Project

What are we protecting, and why? Sycamore wants to get to know the wildlife that call our preserves home. Last summer, we set up 12 wildlife cameras in and around Beanblossom Bottoms Nature Preserve.

Sycamore wants to get to know the animals that live on the land we protect. Last summer, we set up 12 wildlife cameras in and around Beanblossom Bottoms Nature Preserve in Monroe County at locations we know are frequented by animals – game trails, creeks, and a beaver dam that creates a natural bridge.  Our “Dam Cam,” “Beaver Lodge Cam,” “Squirrel Log Cam,” and many others provide a window into the world of the wildlife community that call our preserves home. So far we’ve captured more than 50 species on these cameras and we are keeping an inventory of what we see. This will give us a baseline to measure the success of Sycamore’s large-scale wetland restoration project that are taking place in this area. Return here as we update with new footage or follow our e-news and social media for highlights.

New Video: “Beanblossom Creek Wildlife Camera Project”

Our new Wildlife Camera Project video is now available for students of all ages!  This one-hour video features our favorite 2022 moments from motion-triggered wildlife cameras we set up on our nature preserves in the Beanblossom Creek Conservation Area north of Bloomington.  Five chapters educate about 40 species of local wildlife captured on our cameras in 2022 and the habitat they rely on in southern Indiana.

Chapter 1: Beanblossom Creek Wildlife Camera Project
Learn about our Beanblossom Creek Conservation Area and why we protect it.

Chapter 2: Beanblossom Bottoms: The Importance of Wetlands
At Beanblossom Bottoms Nature Preserve, a beaver dam is helping return new areas of the preserve to thriving wetland habitat. See new footage from our “Dam Cam” and “Beaver Lodge Cam” at their home nearby.
Part 1: Dam Cam 
Part 2: Beaver Lodge Cam
Part 3: Through the Seasons

Chapter 3: Shaping an Ecosystem: The Story of the Shine Beaver Dam
Watch beavers build a new dam at Sam Shine Foundation Preserve and see how the dam has reshaped an ecosystem.
Part 1: The Story of the Shine Beaver Dam
Part 2: The Snack Shack
Part 3: The Shine Beaver Lodge

Chapter 4: Animal Trails
Cameras set up at game trails and other popular animal crossings helps us observe interactions between animals living in our Beanblossom Creek Conservation Area.
Part 1: Crossing Cam
Part 2: Squirrel Log Cam
Part 3: Rock Den Cam
Part 4: Deer Trail Cam
Part 5: Pond Cam

Chapter 5: First Flights
On our Bird Box Cam at Sam Shine Foundation Preserve, we watch a new generation of native tree swallows and eastern bluebirds take flight.
Part 1: Tree Swallows
Part 2: Bluebirds

Credits: Story by Ellen Bergan. Edited by Kate Hammel. “First Flights: Part 2” by Madeleine Thompson. Music by Adam Hurt. Wildlife Camera Project team: Chris Fox, Ellen Bergan, Madeleine Thompson, Ben Sebastian, Brianna Crawley, Leah Hagemeier, Sophie Hall, Kate Hammel

“The Dam Cam”: Sycamore’s 2021 Wildlife Camera Project

“Squirrel Log Cam”


Warning: This video includes a bobcat carrying a dead animal. See our alternate version without prey at




Virginia Opossums


Wild Turkeys


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