The slaty-breasted rail is a species of rail found in the Indian Subcontinent and Southeast Asia. Breeding has been recorded in July up to the last quarter of the year. It feeds on a variety of foods like fish, snails,worms and insects,reptiles amphibians and even small mammals.
This young male sea lion had a very itchy back. He kept scratching his back for ages on the sand, while rolling around in the waves. Galápagos sea lion are nearly exclusively found on the Galápagos Islands, where they are very common. The photos and video were taken on Osborn Islet, near Española Island, Galápagos.
This specimen is a juvenile and has a body length of about 5 inches excluding the tail. as far as I know it grows up to a length of about 10 inches. This species is present within the protected area on the NW-Panay Peninsula (M. Gaulke pers. comm. 2008). Further studies are needed into the taxonomy, distribution, abundance, natural history, and threats to this species. There is an urgent need to review the taxonomy of the Philippines Gonocephalus to better determine the distributions of the three species. Major Threat(s): Habitat loss due to deforestation is considered to be the major threat to this species. There is an increasing threat from collection for the pet trade.
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.