4-5cm across and about 7cm tall, growing uinder birch. The milk was abundant and smelled and tasted of coconut. There was a faint hint of the soapy taste some other milkcaps have and possible hints of the spicey sensations also common in other milkcaps. L. glyciosmus is listed as edible in a number of different descriptions although I can't find any mention on preparation whether it's used dried as a spice or added whole to a dish. L. cocosiolens smells of coconut but has an orange or brown cap and doesn't grow under birch. L. vietus milk turns from white to grey and it doesn't smell of coconut
The Australian Coot is a subspecies of the Eurasian Coot (Fulica atra). Coots are recognised by their snowy white bill and forehead shield. The remainder of the bird is dark sooty grey, except for its bright red eye. Immature birds are generally paler than adults with a white wash on the throat. Nestlings are downy, black with fine yellow tips. The head is orange-red and the bill is red with a cream-white tip. There were several nestlings in this group, and I was delighted to spot them. They are born with their big feet, and that's very handy if you are a waterbird.
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.