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

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National Geographic's Great Nature Project

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Butterflies & Moths of the World

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WILD Cities: Urban Biodiversity

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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

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Mushroom Mapping

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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

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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 Flight

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

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Global Dragonflies & Damselflies

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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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Biodiversidad en España/Spain

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Flowers of Europe

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red-bellied woodpecker (male) spotted by Scott Frazier Missouri, USA 3 minutes ago

Melanerpes carolinus is perhaps misleadingly named because the most prominent "red" is found on its head, not its belly. The species is most prevalent in the southeastern quarter of the US but does reach southern Canada in the breeding season. This individual is a male.

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Sulphur Cicada commented on by Mark Ridgway West Bengal, India 3 minutes ago

Excellent addition of video - thanks.
Nicely quiet cicadas you have there :-)

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New Zealand Praying Mantis spotted by triggsturner Waikato, New Zealand 3 minutes ago

New Zealand's only native mantis. It is green with some yellow on the underside and in the wing. The main distinguishing feature is a bluish dot of colour on its inner foreleg. This dot is missing in the other species that occurs here. Hatchlings are miniature versions of the adults and grow through a series of moults to about 40 mm over a year. Males tend to be slimmer through the abdomen and slightly smaller.

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Pheasant-tailed jacana spotted by AlbertTamayo Bulacan, Bulacan, Philippines 7 minutes ago

The pheasant-tailed jacana is distinct because it has different plumages for the breeding and non-breeding seasons -- unique in its taxonomic family. In breeding plumage, the central tail feathers grow very long, resembling a pheasant's tail, which is how this bird got its common name. On the nape of the neck there is a patch of brilliant, gleaming gold feathers. The wings and underparts are dazzlingly white in flight in both plumages. Females are polyandrous and thus, they are slightly larger than the males and have brighter plumage colouring.

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Nudibranch favorited by Machi Portugal 13 minutes ago

12 meters deep

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Nudibranch spotted by João Pedro Silva Faro, Portugal 15 minutes ago

Intertidal

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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.

WSJ
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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.

CNN
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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.

The Economist
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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.

BBC
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Dial-a-Class

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.

NY TIMES
With support from National Geographic