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New time-lapse photo stations encourage citizen action

The following is a press release from “Friends of the St. Clair River.”

Members of the community can join in creating a time-lapse video of The Blue Water River Walk and the Blue Water River Walk County Park as part of an Earth Day partnership between Rotary Club of Port Huron, Friends of the St. Clair River (Friends) and St. Clair County Parks and Recreation (Parks). The Blue Water River Walk and Blue Water River Walk County Park are the first sites in St. Clair County to collaborate with Chronolog to engage visitors in this new community science project.

Friends collaborated with Chronolog, an environmental monitoring website, to document St. Clair River restoration sites. At each photo station, visitors place their phone in the holder, snap a photo, and email it to Chronolog. Participants receive an email with the time-lapse video revealing the dynamic change of habitats in an interactive way.

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“It’s interesting to see how the world changes before our eyes and this is a great opportunity to document that change locally,” Keely Baribeau, former President of the Port Huron Rotary Club said. “Our Club thought this would be an impactful Earth Day service project that had never been done before. It encourages people to enjoy our parks, as well as contribute to this community science project.”

“Friends is excited to provide this opportunity for visitors to get involved and document the St. Clair River shoreline,” said Kirsten Lyons, Stewardship Director for Friends. “It is a fun and easy way to assist our staff in caring for this special place.”

The crowdsourced time lapse will allow Friends to measure the effectiveness of the shoreline restoration project and health of the ecosystem. It will also reveal the work being done in a new digital way to visitors who can witness the environmental change happening before them.

Two stations will be installed April 27 in conjunction with Earth Day and will remain in place through at least 2022. Communities or organizations interested in collaborating with Friends to set up a Chronolog station in a park or on a trail can reach out to Sheri Faust, President, at (810) 730-5998 or info@scriver.org. For more information about Chronlog, visit https://www.chronolog.io/about.

Friends of the St. Clair River is Michigan’s Thumb Coast environmental non-profit committed to inspiring citizen action through stewardship, monitoring and education to restore, protect and enhance the St. Clair River and its watersheds. Visit them at www.scriver.org and “Friends of the St. Clair River” on social.

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