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

There are over 10,000 living species of birds on the planet. They can be found in ecosystems across ...

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Butterflies & Moths of the World

Butterflies and Moths are insects of the order Lepidoptera. Their brilliant colors have inspired ...

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National Geographic's Great Nature Project

National Geographic is urging everyone to get outside to explore nature. Participants are asked to ...

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WILD Cities: Urban Biodiversity

Millions of city-dwellers walk their local streets every day, but many overlook the multitude of ...

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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

Moths? Yes: a world of sphinxes, hawks, owls, tigers, and scary eyes, all waiting for you outside ...

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Mushroom Mapping

Mushroom ecology is a pivotal orientation point for exploring urban systems. Help us gather ...

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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

Spiders are air-breathing arthropods that have eight legs. The International Society of Arachnology ...

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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 Dragonflies & Damselflies

Dragonflies and damselflies are agile insects of the order Odonata. With a worldwide distribution ...

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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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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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Flowers of Europe

We want you to help us build a photo collection of flowers from around the world. Show us what ...

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Nature in Yellow

It would be so interesting to see all the yellow flowers, fruits, insects, animals of the world.

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Wrap-around spider commented on by StephenSolomons Victoria, Australia 11 minutes ago

By the way Ron Atkinson was looking to add to his collections of images of spiders so if he doesn't have it he may enjoy getting a copy of the image. The further we share the images the less likely rare finds are to be lost

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Duck barnacle spotted by joanbstanley Highland Village, Texas, USA 11 minutes ago

The main characteristic of Lepas anatifera is its heart-shaped bivalve shell, called a capitulum, that can grow up to 5 cm in length and surrounds the body and limbs. The capitulum is composed of five striated, glossy white, calcareous plates. The first pair of calcareous plates are located at the aperture and the end of the peduncle. The second pair is more distal, located near the aperture. The fifth plate, the carina, creates a spine that connects all the valves to one another. The capitular valve allows extrusion and extraction of six food-catching tentacular structures called cirri. The barnacle attaches to objects using its stalk or peduncle, which ranges in length from 4-90 cm. The peduncle is a part of the head and is attached by a basal disc and covered by a tough cuticle that is unarmored and flexible. Beneath the cuticle lie longitudinal muscles. Attachment is maintained with cement produced from the glands of the peduncle.

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Indian Roller favorited by AntónioGinjaGinja Telangana, India 17 minutes ago

Meet the state bird of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka and Odisha. The Indian roller is very common in the populated plains of India and associated with legends. It is said to be sacred to Vishnu, and used to be caught and released during festivals such as Dussera and Durga Puja. A local Hindi name is neelkanth, meaning "blue throat", a name associated with the deity Shiva (who drank poison resulting in the blue throat). Another local name in Telugu is paala pitta. Adding its chopped feathers to grass and feeding them to cows was believed to increase their milk yield.

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American Bison favorited by AntónioGinjaGinja Wyoming, USA 18 minutes ago

Large, four-legged, hoofed grazing mammal. Brown fur, large heads.

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Wrap-around spider commented on by StephenSolomons Victoria, Australia 19 minutes ago

,Yeah Ron Atkinson (Find a Spider Guide) and Rob Whyte ( have both had emails from me and discussed spider ID. I have known Ron the longest

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Unknown spotting suggestion by JoshuaGSmith Maharashtra, India 21 minutes ago

Common name: Lesser Spotted Eagle
Scientific name: Clanga pomarina
Wikipedia: Lesser spotted eagle

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

With support from National Geographic