Evergreen shrubs or small trees present in the chaparral biome of western North America. They are characterized by smooth, orange or red bark and stiff, twisting branches. Manzanitas bloom in the winter to early spring and carry berries in spring and summer.The berries and flowers of most species are edible.
Spotted in Maldonado, Uruguay. The variable oriole is a species of bird in the Icteridae family. It was formerly considered to be conspecific with the epaulet oriole. It feeds on nectar and insects. The rufous shoulders are often concealed when perching.
Photos were taken on the 7th and 20th of December to show you the developing dragonfruit. The cactus flowers are about 40cm long, white with numerous anthers and an anemone-like stigma. En masse the flowering is spectacular. Fruit forms, approx 15cm in length. There were 46 fruit on this cactus. When cut open the colour of the flesh is a vivid red. Flavour can range from bland to subtly sweet. Once it starts flowering it sets fruit fast and the fruit grows fast also. Native bees are one of its pollinators.
For the developers at New York start-up Networked Organisms, smartphones are the butterfly nets of the 21st Century. Their tool, Project Noah, lets people upload photos of plants and wildlife around them, creating a map of the natural world and contributing to scientific research in the process.
Bespectacled scientists of yore would carry around hefty field guides, made up of hundreds of pages of text and photos. But these days, smartphone owners have a lighter option: an app called Project Noah, which aims to help people identify plants and animals as well as collect data from "citizen scientists" about where certain species are located.
Project Noah enables us to be part of a more focused online community where we can learn more about wildlife around us and contribute to scientific research. It pulls participants into deeper, more meaningful engagement by enabling people to go on “missions” to collectively map changes based on sightings.
A modern invention that may also hold the key to saving species in the future. Project Noah is a global study that encourages nature lovers to document the wildlife they encounter, using a purpose built phone app and web community. In addition to the virtual "collection" of species, Project Noah encourages citizen science by linking up with existing surveys including the International Spider Survey and the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network.