Large globular frog, 90mm. Colour varies from pale yellow/fawn to brown with black flecks and spots on dorsal surface. Has an orange stripe below the eye bordered above with thicker black stripe and also an orange band running down the side of the body. Ventral surface generally a bright yellow. In this case, some colour was lost due to the yellow light of the torch being used to illuminate the subject.
Australian endemic. Small 'quail like' ground bird. Females 18cm males smaller at 15cm. Females a fawn/grey-brown with black scale like patterning. Belly lighter coloured. She also has a characteristic black spotted neck and a rufous breast band. Legs, bill and iris are yellow. Smaller male looks similar but without neck and breast markings. Rarely seen flying. Last image shows both female and male.
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.