The orange threadtail or ochre threadtail (Nososticta solida) is an Australian damselfly in the family Platycnemididae. Fine body of mostly golden-ish colour plus dark stripe on each side of thorax, and same colour on the underside of the length of the tail. Length up to about 4 cms. Large eyes with a bluish tinge (poss. because of blue sky?). A dark spot near the tip of each of the four wings. There were two damselflies spotted, flying within close proximity of each other.
Copperhead spotted along a hiking trail near dusk, in the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge, Oklahoma. As I was returning from a long hike in "the Narrows" with my son, I failed to see this guy and nearly stepped on it (I was surprised at the time that the snake did not react to my foot's near miss, and only sat very still... but have since read that this is a common defense mechanism for the copperhead).
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.