If you have Cam Plus you will get a notification of a person or motion event if one is recorded. Then you can go to the app. Tap events and it will show the recording.If you have the correct updated app and firmware you can schedule recordings of events to record as long as you want on the time list provided in the settings and also set it to no cool down time if that is what you want.The cam only records when there is motion in that mode.You can also use scheduled recordings continuous for a period of time you choose and that will record your events to the SD if you put one in the camera itself, it will also use a lot of battery energy.
How far away is the camera from the area you want to record wildlife and how is the detection zone set ? The card in the base is supposed to record the events from the camera but you have to take the card out to view it. You should be able to see all events recorded in the events section with Cam Plus, with or without SD card.