Monitoring ecological change with smart phones and social media

Inspired by the USGS's Sam Droege (the man behind, we're starting another project to turn park visitors into a remote sensor network! It's simple: Put up a sign asking people to set their cameras or phones in an angle bracket, take a photo, and post it with a hashtag to Twitter, Instagram, or Flickr. Then we harvest the photos and create timelapse views of change over time.

Make your own change bracket system!

Check out our Instructable with details on making the signs and running the software to get your slideshows up and runnning.

Rim Fire Monitoring in Stanislaus National Forest

In 2013, the Rim Fire burned more than 400 square miles in and around Yosemite National Park. A lot of that burned area was in the Stanislaus National Forest. Nerds for Nature teamed up with National Forest staff and the nonprofit Wholly H2O to install a dozen signs around the forest, our largest and most permanent Change Brackets installation yet!

Monitor the Makers at Maker Faire 2014

We had three signs installed at Maker Faire 2014 on May 16, 17, and 18 in San Mateo.

Pilot: Fire recovery on Mount Diablo

For our first effort, we're documenting habitat change in the aftermath of the Morgan Fire on Mount Diablo. We're collaborating with Mount Diablo State Park and the Wildlife Society, Western Section.

Burned over area on Mount Diablo, by Doyle Saylor

Photo: Doyle Saylor, CC-BY

Prototype sign design by Beth Schechter and Dan Rademacher