I thought it was a pretty unique pattern too, until I Googled "anoles in Costa Rica" haha. I have a field guide to reptiles and amphibians of Costa Rica and it's 300 something pages long... I'm certainly not familiar enough with Central and South American lizards to sit down and try to ID them, makes my head hurt a lot. Honestly, I wouldn't feel comfortable IDing any anole in this area to species without seeing the dewlap.
I went to a friends place when he was plowing fields, and there were 14 swainson's hawks following the tractor as it stirred up the rodents. Four of the hawks were beautiful dark morphs, which I had never seen before! There were also 5 immatures (in the last 3 photos), then the rest were "normal" looking swainson's.
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.