Also known as Dusky Leaf Monkey or Dusky Langur. Medium sized monkey (head and body 50-70 cm plus that again for the tail - 7.5kg). Varying shades of grey with diagnostic white eye rings and upper lip. Has tufts of fur on the cheeks.
The genus name Aquilegia is derived from the Latin word for eagle (aquila), because the shape of the flower petals, which are said to resemble an eagle's claw. The common name "columbine" comes from the Latin for "dove", due to the resemblance of the inverted flower to five doves clustered together
A very colorful distinct butterfly frequently spotted in the Mt Charleston and Red Rock areas west of Las Vegas. According to several sources, there are two similar species in this area...California Sister (Adelpha californica), and the captioned Arizona Sister (Adelpha eulalia). It is not clear how they are distinguished...and depending upon references, either or both can be found in Nevada. The area where these are spotted is 15 miles from Arizona, and 30 miles from California...I elected Arizona Sister, subject to anyone's further comment.
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.