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Monitor Change: Fire Monitoring

Main Project Information
Presented By Nerds for Nature
Goal Crowd-sourced time lapse of fire recovery
Task Visit four trailside signs, take photos, post to social media
Where 96 Mitchel Canyon Fire Rd, 94517 CA 94517 United States

Inspired by the USGS's Sam Droege (the man behind, we have a couple projects 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.

How to Join

We have two fire monitoring projects:

1) Rim Fire monitoring in the Stanislaus National Forest: Work with forest staff and non-profit WhollyH20 to document forest recovery from the 2013 rim fire which destroyed 400 square miles.

2) Fire recovery on Mount Diablo: Just check out the map at, then head for the summit visitor center at Mount Diablo State Park and hike on the Fire Interpretive Trail or the Mary Bowerman Trail. Find our signs, take photos, and post them to Flickr, Twitter, or Instagram with the correct hashtag. Done! You helped make some science!

Check out to get info on these an other fire monitoring projects.

Social Media
Required Gear

Smart phone or camera and home internet. Requires someone to have an account on either Flickr, Twitter, or Instagram.

Ideal Age Group College, Graduate students, Adults
Spend the Time outdoors
Type of Activity On a walk, run, On a hike
Tags crowdsourcing, fire ecology, photography
Project Updated 04/11/2017