The San Blas Jay is a species of bird in the Corvidae family endemic to the Pacific coast of central Mexico and occurs nowhere else. It has black head and underparts, and crisply set off blue wings, back, and tail. It is very social, living in groups of up to 30 individuals and containing multiple breeding pairs. The San Blas Jay also has helpers at the nest: in addition to the parents, other members of the group also help to feed the young, especially after fledging. Primarily an insectivore, the San Blas Jay also feeds on fruit and lizards in various habitats such as mangrove swamps and dry scrubby woodlands. Other common names for the San Blas Jay include Geai de San Blas (French), Acapulcoblaurabe (German), Chara de San Blas (Spanish), and the Black-and-blue Jay.
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.