A dainty bird with a long, thin tail which is usually held at right angles to the body. Males have a blue crown, cheek and back and a black nape, rump, throat and breast, the tail is a slate blue and the belly is white. The females are brown above and buff below with a grey-brown tail. Neighbouring males often have song battles. By day they forage on the ground and in shrubs and at night they huddle together on branches.
The Texas Blind Salamander is an extremely rare cave-dwelling amphibian native to San Marcos, Texas. Because this Salamander is adapted for living in water underground, it has no eyes and little skin pigment. It is a predator and hunts its prey by sensing water pressure waves created by animals in the still underground waters where it lives.
The robin is a plump bird with bright orange-red breast, face, throat and cheeks edged with grey, a white belly and olive-brown upper parts. The sexes are very similar, if not identical, though some texts suggest that the brown forehead is V-shaped in females, and U-shaped in males, though even this is not always apparent. They have a brown bill and legs. The juvenile robin has speckled buff-brown upper parts and underparts. They have no red feathers so that adult birds do not attack them in territorial disputes. The speckled feathers are lost in a partial moult when the bird is about two to three months old.
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.