Photos with an accurate time-stamp and location tell a story and answer research questions, too.

Photos with an accurate time-stamp and location tell a story and answer research questions, too.

It is easy to participate in photo monitoring during this winter’s King Tides! San Francisco Bay NERR is asking visitors to take photographs from specific locations, record the precise time when they were taken, and share the photographs via the California King Tides Project’s Flickr or Facebook pages. Photographs will be used to document change over time and highlight natural resource management needs. The photographs, coupled with data already collected through our System-wide Monitoring Program, may also inform plans for marsh restoration projects at Rush Ranch. For example, we will be able to document the correlation between water level along the levee and the water depth recorded at a nearby water-quality station.

    Rush Ranch Photo Monitoring Locations

Location: Top of Marsh Overlook Hill, between the benches and the interpretive sign.
Photo Title: Rush Ranch Marsh Overlook
Latitude/Longitude: 38°12’28.4″N 122°01’50.4″W : https://goo.gl/maps/CKreN9KrpqN2
Description: Take two photos from the top of Marsh Overlook Hill, one looking south over the tidal marsh and one looking north over the managed marsh.

Location: Where the South Pasture Trail crosses the large tidal channel (Spring Branch Creek)
Photo Title: Rush Ranch Spring Branch
Latitude/Longitude: 38°12’15.0″N 122°01’28.6″W : https://goo.gl/maps/Mo837oZ6wCn
Description: Take two photos from the same location, one facing east towards the channel and one facing west towards the Spring Branch Creek. These photos may also be useful to scientists restoring Spring Branch Creek, so please note the time and date carefully.

Location: The Marsh Trail when it is on the levee
Photo Title: Rush Ranch Levee
Latitude/Longitude: 38°12’28.4″N 122°01’56.8″W: https://goo.gl/maps/HHDTkiZ9nEo
Description: Take photos from anywhere along the levee that makes up the Marsh Trail, although we are especially interested in the start and end of the levee. These photos may also be useful to scientists restoring this section of marsh, so please note the time and date carefully. Please do not use this trail if it is flooded or otherwise unsafe.

What to do at the location:
Scout out the area and make sure it is safe.
Find the photo location.
Write down the date, time, site name, picture number, and GPS coordinates, especially if you are using a camera rather than a smart phone.
Snap a couple photos.
Share! Please share your photos with California King Tides Project, Solano Land Trust, and the NERR via Facebook or Flickr.

IMPORTANT! – Check out the weather reports before heading out to the location. Be aware, alert and safe.

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