Project Noah

Project Noah is a tool to explore and document wildlife and a platform to harness the power of citizen scientists everywhere.

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Birds of the World

There are over 10,000 living species of birds on the planet. They can be found in ecosystems across ...

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Butterflies & Moths of the World

Butterflies and Moths are insects of the order Lepidoptera. Their brilliant colors have inspired ...

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National Geographic's Great Nature Project

National Geographic is urging everyone to get outside to explore nature. Participants are asked to ...

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WILD Cities: Urban Biodiversity

Millions of city-dwellers walk their local streets every day, but many overlook the multitude of ...

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Flowers of North America

We want you to help us build a photo collection of flowers from around the world. Show us what ...

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Moths of the World

Moths? Yes: a world of sphinxes, hawks, owls, tigers, and scary eyes, all waiting for you outside ...

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Mushroom Mapping

Mushroom ecology is a pivotal orientation point for exploring urban systems. Help us gather ...

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Mission WILD

The WILD Foundation works to protect & interconnect at least half of the planet’s land & water to ...

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International Spider Survey

Spiders are air-breathing arthropods that have eight legs. The International Society of Arachnology ...

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The Color Red

The color red is a bold color that represents passion. We would like to create a collection of ...

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Global Dragonflies & Damselflies

Dragonflies and damselflies are agile insects of the order Odonata. With a worldwide distribution ...

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Global Flight

To create a magnificent collection of images of your favourite fliers. Not just birds, but bats, ...

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Captive Animals

While we are all so focused on animals in nature, we ignore the fact theres wildlife in our own ...

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Flowers of Europe

We want you to help us build a photo collection of flowers from around the world. Show us what ...

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Nature in Yellow

It would be so interesting to see all the yellow flowers, fruits, insects, animals of the world.

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Unknown spotting spotted by Macaw Mike Michigan, USA 39 seconds ago

Cute, greenish-yellow caterpillar found on the ground, fell off a tree.

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Least Chipmunk commented on by JamesDean9 Colorado, USA 53 seconds ago


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Least Chipmunk favorited by JamesDean9 Colorado, USA a minute ago

Striped mammal ~ 5 inches long, exclusive of tail.

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Finch commented on by James McNair Adairsville, Georgia, USA 5 minutes ago

Thank you Ashley. I guess my good intentions fell a little flat. I too hope the students are able to use and enjoy PN as much as I have. I know I have learned an immense amount about world nature

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Finch commented on by AshleyT Adairsville, Georgia, USA 10 minutes ago

Any user can comment on any other users spottings, to answer your question. As you can see, there are certain things people see that irritate them, such as this spotting. We are a community of nature lovers and don't like seeing wildlife dead, but can usually accept it when it has died of natural causes or predation. Cats are a touchy subject because they are only here because humans brought them here, and for many people that is not a justification for letting them kill whatever they want.

If you want your students to use this site, it can be very helpful for them. But I cannot stress how important it is for them to first read our FAQ, especially the part "What types of photos should I submit as spottings?" Here's what it says:
"The best submissions are of an individual species with several clear photos and detailed notes. This remains true whether you’ve encountered an orchid or an orca. We understand that sometimes you might not have the chance to snap multiple photos or even one properly focused photo and that is OK, but please make sure that the species involved can be clearly seen and is recognizable. Our community enjoys learning about the circumstances leading up to your encounter and providing more information along with more photo angles can help tremendously with identification.

Although sunsets and landscapes make for beautiful photographs, we are focused on documenting specific species so unless there is a sea gull flying across the sunset or a grouping of pine trees in the middle of the landscape, please refrain from submitting those types of photos. There are other great sites for that sort of photography.

We also request that photographs are submitted in as natural a state as possible. We appreciate that often there will be a need to carry out minor improvements such as cropping, lightening and sharpening an image so that we can better see the detail of the organism it portrays. These minor improvements are perfectly acceptable but we do request that heavily Photoshopped or otherwise manipulated images are not shared on this site.

Please also refrain from posting spottings of people; we appreciate that on occasions you may have a wildlife spotting that includes a person in the photograph - in this instance please crop your photograph so that the animal or other organism remains the focus of the image.

As we are a community of wildlife lovers, we request that you do not post any images that may cause offense to other users, such as hunting or fishing trophy photographs. We also ask that you do not add dead organisms except those taken as food by living organisms in their natural habitat.

Our primary focus is wildlife, and although we do accept pet photographs, we do not encourage it and we ask that these spottings be assigned to the "Pets" category.

Remember, any photograph you submit must be your own work, or you must have permission from the original photographer to use the image. Photographs copied from the Internet or other sources may infringe copyrights so we cannot accept them."

If the students can follow the guidelines for this site, then there won't be any problems. This is a great place for them to learn more about wildlife in their area and around the world and to get things identified for them that they may not have known in the past.

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Unknown spotting favorited by Reza Hashemizadeh Selangor, Malaysia 10 minutes ago

tropical rainforest found in higher ground

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Mapping Nature on Your Smartphone

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.

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What kind of beetle? This app knows

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.

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Designing ecosystems for talent development

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.

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A smart way to save wildlife

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.

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New mobile applications include a tool called NOAH that lets you take cellphone pictures of bugs and trees and then sends back an identification of the exact type in as little as 24 hours.

With support from National Geographic