Before You Begin...
Monitoring your local environment with a Picture Post can reveal a wealth of information and data useful to yourself and your community, policy makers and scientific research. Take a little time to read the tips here and then take some test pictures at different locations before setting the post in its permanent spot - with a little planning you will be well rewarded with a thousand pictures in the years to come!
- What do you want to monitor (your garden, wooded area, meadow, favorite tree, pond, park, etc)?
- Who will be responsible for managing the post?
- Do you want the post to be accessible to the public?
- What information do you want on your post signage?
- Do you need permission for your post? Have you gotten permission?
- Do you have all of the information you need to enter on the website to add the post?
- Consider the amount of maintenance needed when choosing your construction materials.
- Consider how much the vegetation that you are photographing could grow over the years.
- Set your post at a height and distance that captures the features of interest and accounts for vegetation growth.
- Place the post in a location that is accessible all year-round but not an easy target for vandals.
- Create a plan for taking regular pictures -- share the responsibility with others in your group or community.
Suggestions for Environmental Monitoring
- Measure plant growth (height, width, & leaf cover)
- Observe the timing of plant lifecycles
- Measure plant population density
- Track invasive plant species