An omnivore, this bird eats insects and fruit as well as seeds and meal worms on bird feeders. The mockingbirds are quite large but have good balance as they manage to hang onto feeders made to accommodate much smaller songbirds.
About 12 to 13 mm long, this spider retreat was a long multi-layered silken tunnel anchored to a blade of grass. The outer edges of the openings of the tunnel were pulled out making a collapsed arch at either end. Pics 2 & 3 shows the spider trying to attack the spear of grass that I introduced into the tunnel opening. The spiders long, thick first pairs of legs can be seen trying to reach the grass. the spiders head is just visible as is one of a pair of yellow palps.
This is one of the biggest Pleurobranch I have come acrossed. At first glance, it even looks like the shell of a small turtle. Large purplish brown pleurobranch with white double rings on the mantle. Mantle with small rounded tubercles. The colour plate clearly shows the conspicuous double white rings on the mantle. The unique sand patterns were created by burying in the sand, which they do during day time. However, strangely, I found this one during day time.
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.