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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Butterflies & Moths of the World

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

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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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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 Dragonflies & Damselflies

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

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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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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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Flowers of Europe

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

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Nature in Yellow

It would be so interesting to see all the yellow flowers, fruits, insects, animals of the world.

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Great blue heron favorited by armadeus.4 Durham, North Carolina, USA 9 minutes ago

This heron was fishing alongside some logs on which turtles were basking. The bird simply used the turtles as stepping stones as it moved along and only one turtle plopped into the water; the others simply allowed the bird to walk and balance on their backs!

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Great blue heron commented on by armadeus.4 Durham, North Carolina, USA 10 minutes ago

OMG - that is so funny!!! Great series Maria! Thank you for sharing :)

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Black-tailed prairie dog spotted by mary.gallo.m Baltimore, Maryland, USA 14 minutes ago

Black-tailed prairie Dog. These black-tailed prairie dogs live at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, Maryland. They range from the great plains and desert grasslands of the United States west. They are members of the squirrel family and closely related to the ground squirrel. They have yellowish to reddish brown fur on their back and sides and lighter colored fur under their neck and on chest. Small ears on the sides of the head, long body, small front paws with long claws and a short black-tipped tail.

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Great blue heron favorited by Lipase Durham, North Carolina, USA 16 minutes ago

This heron was fishing alongside some logs on which turtles were basking. The bird simply used the turtles as stepping stones as it moved along and only one turtle plopped into the water; the others simply allowed the bird to walk and balance on their backs!

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Benzoin bracket spotted by Lipase High Peak, England, United Kingdom 17 minutes ago

Found growing on a log in felled mixed woodland, I think on a conifer species. I noted this as having a mealy smell which wouldn't fit with I. benzonum which is described as having a sweet smell, my next spotting was a another polypore that I noted as having a sweet fruity smell so I could have got these mixed up. Culture studies suggest I. benzonium is the same species as I. resinosum: http://www.mushroomexpert.com/ischnoderm... I. resinosum and I. benzonium combined have only 454 records in the UK and so appears relatively rare but widespread

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Painted wood turtle favorited by AnnvanWijgerden Mexico 18 minutes ago

The painted wood turtle or ornate wood turtle (Rhinoclemmys pulcherrima) is a turtle species of the genus Rhinoclemmys in the family Geoemydidae. It is found in Mexico from Sonora southwards, and Central America down to Costa Rica. There are four recognized subspecies. It is a terrestrial lowland species, primarily an inhabitant of scrub lands and moist woodlands, but also occurs in gallery forest close to streams.

Rhinoclemmys pulcherrima is an attractive species with thin red lines on the face and extensive areas of red and black vermiculations on the limbs, thighs, and tail as well as on the ventral parts of the marginal scutes and near the midline of the plastron. It has a small head with finely serrated jaw edges. It is omnivorous, feeding on wildflowers, grasses, fruit, insects, worms, and fish. Because it is so attractive, it is often exploited for the pet trade. Unfortunately this species seldom does well in captivity and usually dies within the first year. In Mexico it is currently under special protection (NOM 59).

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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
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