At the Ralph Mitchell Zoo there's a pond with several species of waterfowl, notably three beautiful (but mean) mute swans. This one was the one that got close enough to me so its the one who got its picture taken. The name "mute" derives from it being less vocal than other swan species, such as the trumpeter swan (Cygnus buccinator). This is unfortunate as the low hiss hardly keys you in that you're about to be attacked.
A leopard slug, also known as the great gray slug. Found this little guy in my garage when I was doing laundry. Didn't quite know exactly what he was but we was pretty big. About seven inches from stalks to tail. Of course, I poked him first because I thought he was dead, and his eye-stalks retracted. Was pretty neat.
This Indian peafowl, also known as the blue peafowl, is a common sight at here at the Independence, Kansas Ralph Mitchell Zoo. You can see dozens of them, as they are given free roam of the place. Fun fact, white peacocks exist, and they're not albinos,they have a genetic mutation that is known as leucism. The zoo has a few of them running around I'll see if I can't get pictures.
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.