Each flower has five petals with 10 long, red stamens protruding from the corolla. The flowers are 2 to 3 inches across and bowl-shaped and grow on terminal clusters. Widely grown across the South and West, in Hawaii they are used for making leis. It also is called flower fence, peacock flower, Mexican bird of paradise and dwarf flamboyant, as well as pride of Barbados. The bush grows to 20 feet in height and is just as wide. It is fast growing and can be pruned back to ground level each year to produce a fuller bush. Takes alkaline soil, is drought tolerant and salt-wind tolerant. The leaves look like a royal poinciana leaf, and often this plant is nicknamed the dwarf poinciana. They are small, fern-like and have many small, oval leaflets on twice-compound branches. The seeds grow in pods and are small and brown. When the pod opens it noisily pops.
The green heron is relatively small; adult body length is about 44 cm (17 in). The neck is often pulled in tight against the body. Adults have a glossy, greenish-black cap, a greenish back and wings that are grey-black grading into green or blue, a chestnut neck with a white line down the front, grey underparts and short yellow legs. The bill is dark with a long, sharp point. Female adults tend to be smaller than males, and have duller and lighter plumage, particularly in the breeding season. Juveniles are duller, with the head sides, neck and underparts streaked brown and white, tan-splotched back and wing coverts, and greenish-yellow legs and bill. Hatchlings are covered in down feathers, light grey above, and white on the belly.
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.