The white-bellied seedeater (Sporophila leucoptera) is a species of bird in the Thraupidae family. It is found in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay, Peru, and Suriname. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist shrubland, swamps, and heavily degraded former forest.
We knew how fragile the nesting site was. A couple of days break from the rain would dry up the tiny water filled pot hole, It would just take one careless sweep of a stick by a schoolboy to destroy these precious nests. The fragility scared us. Hoping for the best, with bated breath we returned to the nesting site after almost 2 months. There were no signs of any nests now. But there were many young frogs perched here and there!! We were so relieved to learn these little guys had actually made it!!! We found an adult female too. She was so beautifully camouflaged, almost impossible to spot from a distance. After I spotted her i had to go back and get my tripod. On returning I had to search for a good few minutes to find her again!! :-D We photographed a few young frogs which we could approach without disturbing the habitat. Enjoyed their company for an hour or so, wished them well and then returned home. :-) Previous post: http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/190...
Last monsoon me and Anoop stumbled upon a little patch of froggy heaven in Coorg. It was a nesting site for Rhacophorus lateralis!!! The male seen here just 1 among the many who were in the process of finding a mate and building nests last year. There were many adults perched on leaves. But no nest building activity took place. Few males were calling and few were just contemplating. All the females were just staring into the dark. We knew our torch lights would be a disturbance to them if we hang around. So we quickly took a few photographs and waited for a couple of hours in the dark away from the nest site, listening to all sorts of frog calls. We had found tranquility then. It was past mid night now, we had a quick check then we went back leaving the frogs in peace. Very heavy rain and wind made the trip highly enjoyable.
The black-hooded antwren (Formicivora erythronotos) is a species of bird in the family Thamnophilidae, the antbirds. It is endemic to Brazil, where it is known only from the vicinity of Ilha Grande Bay in the southern part of the state of Rio de Janeiro. It was collected and then not seen for 100 years until it was rediscovered in 1987. It is now known from seven sites. Its range is small and its habitat is fragmented.
Brachycephalus ephippium is a small frog with adults ranging from 12.5 mm to 19.7 mm in snout-vent length. Although tiny, it has a robust body, with short legs. The skin color is bright yellow to orange. The iris is completely black. Digit number is reduced, with three fingers and three functional toes. Phalanges are also reduced, in both number and size, so that fingers and toes are both shorter and smaller. The terminal phalanges are T-shaped. A dermal bony shield is present and ossified dorsal to the backbone. No teeth are present on the maxillary or premaxillaries. (Pombal, 2003).
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.