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.

Monitor the Makers at Maker Faire 2014

We'll have three signs installed at Maker Faire 2014 on May 16, 17, and 18 in San Mateo. Get ready for lots of makers running around!

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