clear creeks is approximately 2900 acres comprised of rare bottomland habitat, surprisingly diverse flora and fauna, all surrounding the confluence of Clear Creek and the Elm Fork of the Trinity River. Just a few miles from Denton's historic town square, the Clear Creek Trails offer open space covered with a lush ash, willow and cottonwood forests, a wetlands area pond, hiking trails, 200 species of birds, the original path of the Elm Fork of the Trinity River. Nestled in the lowlands, the Clear Creek preserve is a wonderful riparian area along the Clear Creek and Elm Fork of the Trinity river. The City of Denton has worked using eco-friendly practices to restore the land to its natural state, as well as constructing about 10 miles of interpretive trails detailing the preserves colorful history and fragile ecology. The preserve is adjacent the 11 mile Greenbelt trail that follows the river from Lake Ray Roberts to Lake Lewisville.
Some 15 cm in length, strikingly yellow chest and belly with black stripe in the middle - male (pictured here) has a rather thick black stripe, female somewhat narrower. Black head with white cheeks, olive-green back with blue to greyish-blue wing covers, with white stripe.
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.