Project Noah

Project Noah is a tool to explore and document wildlife and a platform to harness the power of citizen scientists everywhere.

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Birds of the World

There are over 10,000 living species of birds on the planet. They can be found in ecosystems across ...

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National Geographic's Great Nature Project

National Geographic is urging everyone to get outside to explore nature. Participants are asked to ...

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Butterflies & Moths of the World

Butterflies and Moths are insects of the order Lepidoptera. Their brilliant colors have inspired ...

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WILD Cities: Urban Biodiversity

Millions of city-dwellers walk their local streets every day, but many overlook the multitude of ...

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Flowers of North America

We want you to help us build a photo collection of flowers from around the world. Show us what ...

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Moths of the World

Moths? Yes: a world of sphinxes, hawks, owls, tigers, and scary eyes, all waiting for you outside ...

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Mushroom Mapping

Mushroom ecology is a pivotal orientation point for exploring urban systems. Help us gather ...

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Mission WILD

The WILD Foundation works to protect & interconnect at least half of the planet’s land & water to ...

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International Spider Survey

Spiders are air-breathing arthropods that have eight legs. The International Society of Arachnology ...

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The Color Red

The color red is a bold color that represents passion. We would like to create a collection of ...

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Global Flight

To create a magnificent collection of images of your favourite fliers. Not just birds, but bats, ...

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Global Dragonflies & Damselflies

Dragonflies and damselflies are agile insects of the order Odonata. With a worldwide distribution ...

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Captive Animals

While we are all so focused on animals in nature, we ignore the fact theres wildlife in our own ...

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Biodiversidad en España/Spain

Habitat: Indicar el sitio donde se encontró (campo, montaña, lago, mar, río...) Habitat: Enter the ...

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Flowers of Europe

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Paper Wasp spotted by Mary Henschel Chadsey Sarasota, Florida, USA a minute ago

Polistes fuscatus, whose common name is the golden or northern paper wasp, is widely found throughout southern Canada, the United States, and Central America. The physical characteristics of the Polistes fuscatus are highly dependent on the geographic location of its habitat.[6] Throughout the United States, there are three color pattern trends that represent different regions throughout the country.[7] The male Polistes fuscatus is identified by its darkened apical flagellomeres in addition to its darkened dorsal surface of the apical flagellomeres that is common to other species of wasps.[6] Northern females on the other hand are easily identified by the blackening of their entire bodies which may or may not have markings of other colors.[8] Many southern Polistes fuscatus, however, have additional markings and may resemble wasps of other species.[6] The facial and abdominal markings of Polistes fuscatus are highly variable. They include a variety of different patterns, such as small dots, long stripes, clypeus blotches, yellow abdominal dots, upper clypeus stripes, and combinations of both clypeus edge and tip colorations. Furthermore, some wasps have these facial and abdominal patterns in brown and black instead of yellow.[8] These markings colors, however, are often influenced by the geographic location of the wasp.[6] The length of the Polistes fuscatus often ranges between 15 to 21 mm. The fore wing length of the Polistes fuscatus ranges between 11.5 – 17.0 mm; in general, the fore wing of males is above 13.0 mm, whereas females have a fore wing length above 11.0. Both males and females have rather slender bodies and have a waist that connects the thorax to the abdomen. The female has a venomous sting. With length and coloration also varies throughout the seasonal year of when the wasps emerge.

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Northern Mockingbird spotted by gatorfellows Texas, USA a minute ago

Mockingbirds have small heads, a long, thin bill with a hint of a downward curve, and long legs. Their wings are short, rounded, and broad, making the tail seem particularly long in flight. Mockingbirds are overall gray-brown, paler on the breast and belly, with two white wingbars on each wing. A white patch in each wing is often visible on perched birds, and in flight these become large white flashes. The white outer tail feathers are also flashy in flight.

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Northern Mockingbird spotted by gatorfellows Texas, USA 2 minutes ago

Mockingbirds have small heads, a long, thin bill with a hint of a downward curve, and long legs. Their wings are short, rounded, and broad, making the tail seem particularly long in flight. Mockingbirds are overall gray-brown, paler on the breast and belly, with two white wingbars on each wing. A white patch in each wing is often visible on perched birds, and in flight these become large white flashes. The white outer tail feathers are also flashy in flight.

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Red-shouldered Hawk commented on by Joey99 San Francisco, California, USA 2 minutes ago

Thanks Mark. He was almost too far away for my lens. Hawks fly around that area a lot. Next time I am in town, I'll try to get some better shots of them. Joe

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Red-shouldered Hawk commented on by Joey99 San Francisco, California, USA 3 minutes ago

Ashley, thanks too for your ID. Yeah, the photos I looked at of red-shouldered hawks and Cooper's hawks look very much alike to me. I appreciate the help. Joe

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Red-shouldered Hawk commented on by Joey99 San Francisco, California, USA 5 minutes ago

Joshua, thanks for your ID. Yeah, I was looking at pics of red-shouldered hawks and those and Cooper's hawk looked very similar to me so I went with Cooper's hawk. Thanks again. Joe

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Mapping Nature on Your Smartphone

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.

WSJ
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What kind of beetle? This app knows

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.

CNN
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Designing ecosystems for talent development

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.

The Economist
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A smart way to save wildlife

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.

BBC
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Dial-a-Class

New mobile applications include a tool called NOAH that lets you take cellphone pictures of bugs and trees and then sends back an identification of the exact type in as little as 24 hours.

NY TIMES
With support from National Geographic