by Carl Strang
Earlier this week, Sam Droege of the U.S. Geological Survey presented a new idea for crowd-sourced monitoring of environmental change over time. The idea is to set up a standardized station, or set of them, from which photos could be taken with any camera or camera phone. The shared photos then could be standardized as Sam describes, resulting in a series comparing the scene over the seasons and years. (This is not the first time one of Sam’s ideas has appeared in this blog; I featured the Cricket Crawl a while back).
The photo station idea intrigued Jon Marshall of DJ Case & Associates (developers of the Observe Your Preserve website for the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County, as well as other web-based platforms for natural resource agencies). Jon put together a website promoting Sam’s idea, including his 3-minute descriptive video (http://monitorchange.org/). We will consider the possibilities for OYP as well.
All of this reminded me of several series of photos I took back in the 1980’s, in which I had spots identified on the ground in prairie, woodland and stream habitats, and took photos through the seasons. The slides belonged to the District, but so far I have been unsuccessful in locating them, except for five duplicates I had at home.