The Transparent Burnet is a moth in the family Zygaenidae showing three bright red longitudinal streaks variable in shape, with almost transparent greyish-bluish edges. This moth is highly similar to Zygaena minos and only an examination of the genitalia can distinguish the adults. However, only Zygaena purpuralis is found at the altitude reported here.
The Common Pochard is a rare breeder but common winter visitor to Switzerland. The adult male seen here is distinctive with his long dark bill with a grey band, red head and neck, black breast, red eyes and grey back. Some of our winter visitors in Switzerland come from the remotest regions of Siberia.
Common gulls are seen in quite high numbers around Lake Geneva in winter, especially along harbours. Stronger and larger than than the often sighted Common Black-headed gulls, they often win in battles for the best perching spot as seen here.
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.