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 harvest the photos to create timelapse views that show change over time.
By crowdsourcing the photos, we're getting trail users involved in the monitoring process. The brackets ensure a consistent height, angle, and direction for each photo. The end result: A photographic record of how restored native riparian vegetation is filling in, or how the banks we reconstructed to fix erosion problems are holding up, or how new floodplains are handling high river flows.
In fall 2017, we installed seven photo monitoring stations at three stream restoration projects on the Jordan River:
At each project site, we've identified a An online tool to publish the timelapse slideshows to our website is currently under construction. For now, everyone, keep taking those photos!
Check out the group that inspired us,
Nerds for Nature and their
instructable which includes details on making the signs and getting timelapse slideshows up and running.