The Golden Bowerbird is Australia’s smallest bowerbird at 23 - 25 cm long. It has a small, short bill. Females are brownish-olive above and much paler greyish below. Males have wings, upper tail and face of olive-green (with yellowish-white sheen), and breast throat, lower tail, cap and nape of golden yellow. The eye of both sexes is yellow. Males have a longer and more forked tail than females.
Winter is coming and these delightful little birds can be seen closer to houses again. The loss of foliage is also making them easier to observe. I heard this one before I spotted it at my window. This species can easily be recognized with its blue and yellow plumage, white cheeks and azure blue crown and dark blue line passing through the eye. It remains a resident of Europe in winter.
Martin, this phenomenal caterpillar has earned you a well-deserved Spotting of the Day! Thanks for all your wonderful contributions and incredible photos. Congrats again on an awesome Spotting of the Day!
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.