While hiking in the mountains above Santa Barbara, California and just within the edge of Los Padres National Forest, we came upon a young California Mountain King Snake. It was curled up in a patch of pine needles and debris and was almost invisible, in spite of it's bright colors. It crossed the trail and went back into the dry grass. If you look at it closely, it is interesting how the color patterns remain essentially confined to individual scales. Unlike bird feather coloring, very little color is shared with adjacent scales. This gives the snake its jagged banding.
Thanks, it was very cute. When we first heard the chick, it was on a branch of a downed tree. When I came back to take the picture, it was on the ground. We did not see where the rest of the family was, but we could hear them, so it wasn't abandoned. I don't know if it was old enough yet for flying practice or not!
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.