The raccoon is the masked bandit of the Okefenokee swamp. I was quite surprised to see them wading through the swamp waters. There were three of these raccoons when I spotted them. We were informed as campers to be alert because raccoons are not only "cute" but are also intelligent, and can crack a camper's cooler in less than five minutes. The raccoon is the most abundant fur-bearing animal in the Okefenokee swamp eating berries, frogs, fish, reptile eggs, and anything else it can find.
This willet was a solitary bird on the beach of the Atlantic Ocean this morning. The willet is a large shorebird and is a member of the sandpiper family, 13-15 inches in length. It has a grayish-brown head, back, and wings; a white belly; a long, straight black bill; long grayish-blue legs and black and white bands on its wings that are visible when it is flight. Males and female look alike, but the female is a little larger.
This little sanderling was seen running up and down the beach chasing the waves. This was the only sanderling around. The Sanderling is a small, light-colored sandpiper with a straight, black bill and black legs. The male and female look similar
Mallard ducks are very common in North America. You can find them near park ponds. The male can be identified by its gleaming green head, gray flanks, and black tail. The female and juvenile mallard are mottled brown with orange-and-brown bills. Both sexes have a white-bordered, blue “speculum” patch in the wing.
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.