We're creating a citizen network to monitor change at our stream restoration projects! It's simple: Put up a sign asking people to set their phone or camera in an angle bracket, take a photo, and post it to Twitter with a site-specific hashtag. Then we harvest the photos to create timelapse views that show change over time.
In fall 2017, we installed seven photo monitoring stations at three restoration projects on the Jordan River.
By crowdsourcing the photos, we're getting trail users involved in the monitoring process. A bracket installed on top of the sign post ensures a consistent height, angle, and direction for each photo. The end result: A photographic record of how riparian vegetation is filling in, or how reconstructed streambanks are holding up, or how new floodplains are handling high river flows.
Check out our inspiration:
monitorchange.org and the
Nerds for Nature instructable, which includes details on making the signs and getting timelapse slideshows up and running.