Photo 1 shows mother and a baby entering Three Sisters Springs. Photo 2 shows one that was inside the springs, seemingly playing and turning over on its back and swimming around with another manatee. The 3rd photo shows manatees resting inside the springs. Photo 4 shows a manatee resting in the springs and fish eating algae off its back. Photo 5 shows a large huddle of manatees right outside the springs. There are roped off areas where no humans are allowed right outside the springs where the manatees usually huddle. It wasn't a very cold day, so not many manatees were actually inside the spring area. The last photo shows a mother and baby entering spring run, which leads into the spring area
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.