American white pelicans are very large birds, one of the largest in the United States, with a huge wingspan. They are predominately white, but their black flight feathers are visible when they are flying. Pelicans grow an strange projection on the upper part of their beak during breeding season. They also have a small patch of feathers on their chest that may turn yellow in the spring. They have orange legs and bills. This pelican feeds from the water's surface on small fish and other organisms.
Adult red-bellied woodpeckers are about 10 inches long and have a wingspan of up to 18 inches. The backs of the woodpeckers have a black and white pattern and adult males have a red cap. Females have a red patch on their neck and above the bill. The underside of both are mostly light gray. These woodpeckers are omnivores and will eat seeds, nuts, fruits, and insects. They nest in the cavities of dead trees, stumps, and softer live trees. Both sexes will drill the hole for the nest. Both the male and female incubate the eggs and feed their young.
Brown thrashers are large birds, with a long tail and long legs. It is copper-brown in color on top, with brown and white speckled underparts. Its beak is long and curved slightly downward. Brown thrashers have bright yellow eyes. This bird is an omnivore and will eat seeds, berries, insects, worms, snails, etc.
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.