Project Noah

Project Noah is a tool to explore and document wildlife and a platform to harness the power of citizen scientists everywhere.

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Birds of the World

There are over 10,000 living species of birds on the planet. They can be found in ecosystems across ...

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Butterflies & Moths of the World

Butterflies and Moths are insects of the order Lepidoptera. Their brilliant colors have inspired ...

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WILD Cities: Urban Biodiversity

Millions of city-dwellers walk their local streets every day, but many overlook the multitude of ...

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Flowers of North America

We want you to help us build a photo collection of flowers from around the world. Show us what ...

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Moths of the World

Moths? Yes: a world of sphinxes, hawks, owls, tigers, and scary eyes, all waiting for you outside ...

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Mission WILD

The WILD Foundation works to protect & interconnect at least half of the planet’s land & water to ...

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Mushroom Mapping

Mushroom ecology is a pivotal orientation point for exploring urban systems. Help us gather ...

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International Spider Survey

Spiders are air-breathing arthropods that have eight legs. The International Society of Arachnology ...

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The Color Red

The color red is a bold color that represents passion. We would like to create a collection of ...

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Global Flight

To create a magnificent collection of images of your favourite fliers. Not just birds, but bats, ...

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Global Dragonflies & Damselflies

Dragonflies and damselflies are agile insects of the order Odonata. With a worldwide distribution ...

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Biodiversidad en España/Spain

Habitat: Indicar el sitio donde se encontró (campo, montaña, lago, mar, río...) Habitat: Enter the ...

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Captive Animals

While we are all so focused on animals in nature, we ignore the fact theres wildlife in our own ...

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Flowers of Europe

We want you to help us build a photo collection of flowers from around the world. Show us what ...

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Nature in Yellow

It would be so interesting to see all the yellow flowers, fruits, insects, animals of the world.

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Hummingbird Clearwing Moth commented on by dcslaugh Tampa, Florida, USA 14 minutes ago

amaaazing!

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Hummingbird Clearwing Moth favorited by dcslaugh Tampa, Florida, USA 15 minutes ago

Large moth with chunky, furry body. "Clear" wings are due to patches of wing which lack scales. Day-flying moth sometimes confused with hummingbirds - hence the common name.

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Lime butterfly favorited by dcslaugh Singapore, Singapore 16 minutes ago

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Rhinoceros Beetle (Male) favorited by dcslaugh Queensland, Australia 16 minutes ago

One of the most spectacular beetles in Australia is the Rhinoceros Beetle (Xylotrupes ulysses). It occurs from South East Asia through the islands of Indonesia to the Solomons and Australia. It is often found in Queensland’s coastal towns, including Brisbane. This black beetle reaches 60 mm in length and the male is easily recognised by its large horns; one on the top of the head and the other projecting forward from the middle of the thorax. Each horn is slightly forked at the end. The two horns almost meet, and by moving its head, the beetle can pinch weakly with them. As well as their fearsome appearance, Xylotrupes beetles can make loud hissing squeaks when threatened. They are really quite harmless, and can be handled with safety although the claws on the ends of the legs can grip clothing or skin strongly. The hissing squeak is merely bluff and is produced by rubbing the abdomen against the ends of the wing covers; if a squeaking beetle is examined closely, the abdomen can be seen moving in time with the squeaks. These bulky beetles have large wings neatly folded under the wing covers and can fly strongly. They are attracted to lights at night and are generally noticed when they come to house lights and accumulate in large numbers beneath street lights. In Brisbane they are only seen in the summer months, but in the tropical north they can be found at any time of the year. Only the males have horns and the females are plain black beetles. Females give off a sex hormone (pheromone) which attracts and excites males. In the presence of females, males use their horns in combat as they try to push one another off a branch. As with all beetles, the rhinoceros beetle larvae (grubs) hatch from eggs and develop into pupae, and these eventually emerge as adult beetles. Each female lays about 50 white eggs in decaying vegetable matter and these take about three weeks to hatch. The larvae feed on decomposing vegetable material and are valuable in accelerating its break-down into compost. -Australian Musuem

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Feather Millipede favorited by dcslaugh Hohenwald, Tennessee, USA 21 minutes ago

These critters are millipedes, but different than any I have ever seen. They are about 25mm (1 in) long. I'm not 100% sure on the ID - they could possibly be Brachycybe petasata.

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tent worms favorited by dcslaugh Springfield, Missouri, USA 22 minutes ago

Tent worms are caterpillars of the genus Malacosoma in the moth family Lasiocampidae.

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Mapping Nature on Your Smartphone

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.

WSJ
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What kind of beetle? This app knows

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.

CNN
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Designing ecosystems for talent development

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.

The Economist
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A smart way to save wildlife

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.

BBC
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Dial-a-Class

New mobile applications include a tool called NOAH that lets you take cellphone pictures of bugs and trees and then sends back an identification of the exact type in as little as 24 hours.

NY TIMES
With support from National Geographic