Prunus serrulata is a small deciduous tree with a short single trunk, with a dense crown reaching a height of 26–39 feet (7.9–11.9 m). The smooth bark is chestnut-brown, with prominent horizontal lenticels. The leaves are arranged alternately, simple, ovate-lanceolate, 5–13 cm long and 2.5–6.5 cm broad, with a short petiole and a serrate or doubly serrate margin. At the end of autumn, the green leaves turn yellow, red or crimson.
This was a prepupal stage of a moth found on the underside of a leaf. It has not yet darkened into the final pupa. It has used the long gold hairs of the larval stage to weave a loose basket around itself. The shrunken larval skin is visible in the last picture to the upper left of the pupa.
The Great Gray Owl is a very large owl, in appearance it is the largest Owl in North America. It has a round head without ear tufts, black and white "bowtie" under face and yellow eyes. Although in appearance it is larger then a Snowy Owl or a Great Horned Owl, it weighs quite a bit less then both these owls. This owl actually has a very small frame, and is covered with a massive amount of feathers.
I believe that this is an albino Eastern Gray Squirrel. There are white squirrels around the town that I live in, but the eye color is what leads me to believe that this is a true albino. He is a frequent visitor to my feeder, and can easily scare other squirrels from the area.
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.