DUBLIN (KPIX) — A group of self-described “nerds” is keeping close watch on Mount Diablo as it recovers from last summer’s massive wildfire.

Ken-Ichi Ueda is a proud member of “Nerds for Nature” and he wants everyone visiting Mount Diablo to join him and his group by taking a picture to document how plants and animals are responding in the aftermath of the Morgan Fire.

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Near the mountain’s summit are four citizen-science camera stations, marked by signs with L-shaped brackets.

“[We] encourage people to put their cellphone or camera in the bracket and that will allow them to take the same picture from the same angle again and again,” Ueda explains.

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California State Parks scientists are happy to be the beneficiaries of this kind of crowd-sourced science. There isn’t much data from the 1977 Diablo fire but, with this project, there’s a chance to learn a lot.

“[We’ll learn] when certain plants sprout, start to flower. What species move in, at what rates,” Senior Environmental Scientist Cyndy Shafer says.

The project will continue for at least a year. Ideally, Nerds for Nature would like to see how the mountain responds after a normal winter rainfall.

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