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WASHINGTON (AP) — High school students from a Washington, D.C. charter school have joined a group of citizen scientists who are gathering data about wildlife for the Smithsonian collection.

The Washington Post (http://bit.ly/1OSZoIm ) reports students at the SEED Public Charter School have joined the Smithsonian eMammal project, which recruits and trains volunteers to set up infrared-activated cameras in parks and other natural areas.

The cameras take pictures when something moves in front of the lens. Members of the SEED school's "Green Team" have set up cameras in the woods around their school near Fort Dupont Park with the help of local wildlife biologists. They've captured images of deer, wild turkeys, a raccoon, a possum and a red fox.

The SEED school is a public boarding school that caters to students from poor communities.

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