Continuing the series started in my 3,000th spotting. Spotting 3,000 is dedicated to Cecil the lion, in Hwange park. The African lion has a complex social order. A male or males(usually brothers, but sometimes merely "friends") holds and protects a pride, mates with the females, and protects his offspring. If a male is deposed, by a rival or a hunter, the new male who takes over the pride will kill the prior male's offspring to bring the female into estrous more quickly so he can mate with them. Cecil was 13 1/2 when an American hunter illegally shot him, after baiting him out of Hwange and into the Gwayi reserve area. He had lost his pride once when he was 10, and after befriending jericho, regained control of his pride group. He has been part of an Oxford study for many years. For anyone who has not been inundated with media on this http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-...... is a complete article with pictures of cecil and his co leader jericho.
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.