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Project Night!

From eco-hacking to enviro-sensoring to bioblitzing, we have a fun and fascinating agenda for this month’s Project Night…

Last month’s Brainstorm segment was so much nerdy fun that we're doing it again! As one Nature Nerd in attendance noted, "The ideas one hears in brainstorming shout-outs are fantastic, original and brave." Come join the fray.

• Robin Kraft of EcoHack will be back to help us brainstorm project ideas for the May 9-10 eco-tech hackathon in San Francisco (and New York and São Paolo and Madrid). There will be scores of eco-minded programmers and designers who need environmental research problems to solve and datasets to crunch! So bring your vexing programming conundrums, geo-mapping puzzles, and web app wishlists for the EcoHackers to possibly tackle.

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 Our first-ever booth at Bay Area Maker Faire is coming up on May 17-18! We are also in discussion with Oakland Museum of California about producing a big  “NatureNerdCon” public outreach and education event there this summer. Our minds are reeling at the amazing possibilities, but we need your input and energy to make it all happen -- come help us brainstorm some awesome new Nature Nerd public activities!

If you’d like to throw out a new project idea, that’s great! Two-minute pitches or updates for eco-related projects or collaboration requests are always welcome at Project Night.

Also happening at Project Night:

Join our water and air sensor roundtable! If you use any sort of air or water quality sensor or instrument for fun, education, or serious research, please bring it along for show-and-tell. We’ll also have some water and air quality sensor prototypes in development to discuss and demonstrate. Bring your newbie or nerdy eco-sensor questions and project ideas!

Enjoy a Flight For Nature eco-drone update, including results and hopefully some video of our Mare Island visit with USGS.

Bioblitzers have some planning to do for upcoming events.

Ongoing Project Needs:

Change Over Time - We've got a project using super simple tech plus social media to monitor habitat change at Mount Diablo over time. Know about photo-stitching or time-lapse movie making? Help us out! - Want to help us make a better home on the web? We are working on a new Wordpress version of our site, and we could use your help!

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  • Cian

    I keep forgetting to post some of the resources I mentioned at project night, in case they are of interest:

    Ecology Center -
    Good local resource incl on recycling, decreasing plastics, farmers markets, etc.
    Fed gov’t “challenges” – competitions, often for app development harnessing gov’t data and resources. California King Tides Project -
    State-wide project to document the highest tides to help visualize potential impacts of sea level rise

    May 4, 2014

  • Robin K.

    Hey all, thanks for giving me the chance to tell you about EcoHack! Hit me up about projects via @robinkraft or [masked], or visit for more info. Hope to see you in May!

    April 15, 2014

  • Dan R.

    Just realized that I can't make this -- houseguests arriving that afternoon. Carry on, Nerds!

    April 10, 2014

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