Thank you all for your comments. Mr Malcolm Wilton-Jones. I only went up in a glider once and that was from White Waltham in 1967. The glider was towed up by a winch. Just fantastic . Over my house the gliders were from nearby Booker and towed up by a tug. Many years ago when I was at Stanbridge in Bedfordshire I watch as two hawks shared the same thermal as a glider that was heading towards Dunstable . Many a day I watch Red Kites and buzzards just keep on climbing without a wing beat. Nature is so good at what comes naturally.
American buffalo, is a North American species of bison that once roamed the grasslands of North America in massive herds, became nearly extinct by a combination of commercial hunting and slaughter in the 19th century and introduction of bovine diseases from domestic cattle, and has made a recent resurgence largely restricted to a few national parks and reserves.
Eastern Chipmunk. Found in eastern North America. Has light stripes above and below its eyes and it has pouched cheeks made of stretchy skin so the chipmunk can stuff them with food. They have four toes on the front feet and five toes on the back feet. Eastern chipmunks are at home in forests where there are plenty of hiding spots--under rocks or fallen trees. They eat fruit, seeds and mushrooms, sometimes bird eggs and earthworms. Each chipmunk builds a burrow where it may live up to several years. Female and male same.
The Delmarva fox squirrel is an endangered subspecies of the fox squirrel. It is native to the eastern United States. They can be found in parts of the Eastern Shore of Maryland and Virginia. It has a full, fluffy tail, is frosty silver to slate gray with a white belly and can grow to be 75 centimetres (30 in) long, including up to 38 centimetres (15 in) of tail. They weigh around three pounds. These fox squirrels prefer to make their dens in the hollows of trees. The Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge has provided them with boxes to assist with the population.
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.