The black-throated magpie-jay (Calocitta colliei) is a strikingly long-tailed magpie-jay of northwestern Mexico. It is 58.5 to 76.5 cm long (23 to 30 inches), more than half of which is the tail. The upperparts are blue with white tips to the tail feathers; the underparts are white. The bill, legs, head, and conspicuous crest are black except for a pale blue crescent over the eyes and a patch under the eye. This species occurs in pairs or small groups in woodland and partially open areas on the Pacific Slope of Mexico from southern Sonora south to Jalisco and northwestern Colima, and sometimes interbreeds with the white-throated magpie-jay in Jalisco and Colima, where intermediate birds are common. This species has become established in southern San Diego County (2013), especially in the Tijuana River Valley. The birds are presumably descendants of escapees from nearby Tijuana, Baja California, where the trade in birds is unregulated.
Thiodina is a spider genus of the Salticidae family (jumping spiders). Thiodina species are endemic to North and South America, ranging from New York to Argentina. All members of the genus have two pairs of bulbous spines on the ventral side of the ﬁrst tibiae. The function of these spines is unknown.
The lineated woodpecker (Dryocopus lineatus) is a large resident breeding bird from Mexico south to northern Argentina and on Trinidad. Adults are mainly black above, with a red crest and whitish lines from the base of the bill, down the neck and shoulders, though individuals from the south-eastern part of its range commonly lack the line on the shoulders. The underparts are whitish, heavily barred with black, and they show white on the wings in flight. Adult males have a red line from the bill to the throat (malar) and a red forehead. In adult females, these plumage features are black. The bill is typically black in both sexes, though pale-billed individuals regularly are seen.
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.