Grey tones, black or dark tips to wings, tail, beak, beak also half blue grey colour, under parts white to pale blue grey, white band across back of neck, dark legs, feet and eyes. Huge variety in singing notes & calls also able to mimic other birds & sounds, as seems to be a common feature of many Australian birds, but not often noticed. Preys on young birds, insects, sips nectar & water & also tastes fruits. Individuals adapt to their environment which varies widely. This one is often shadowed by a pair of Striped Honeyeaters known to nest close by.The young & females of this species have a brown wash over the feathers.
Water lettuce or water cabbage is a floating perennial plant. It has been present in Florida since as early as 1765. This floating plant commonly forms large infestations which prevent boating, fishing and other uses of lakes and rivers. Water lettuce resembles a floating open head of lettuce. It has very thick leaves. The leaves are light dull green, are hairy, and are ridged. There are no leaf stalks. Water lettuce roots are light-colored and feathery. Its flowers are inconspicuous.
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.