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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Mushroom Mapping

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

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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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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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Cobra Lily spotted by DrNamgyalT.Sherpa Gangtok, Sikkim, India 31 seconds ago

Earlier confused with A. costatum and A. graffithii. Compared to A. graffithii its smaller, obavate to obcordate spathe that's evenly bronze to reddish-brown without reticulations, and non-verrucose, but dark-coloured petiole and peduncle and the spadix. It's found on the outskirts of rhododendron forests amidst open moss covered boulders, often in sizeable colonies. Ref: Himalayan Cobra-Lilies (Arisaema) their Botany & Culture by Udai C Pradhan, 2nd Edition 1997; pp:57-58.

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Unknown spotting commented on by dotun55 新北市, Taiwan 2 minutes ago

Nice spotting. Reminds of the animation movie Turbo :-)

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Sargassum Frogfish favorited by Machi Batangas, Philippines 2 minutes ago

This a Juvenile Sargassum Frogfish, around 2 cm in size. It was seen among a cluster of Sargassum seaweed. Although in this picture, it doesn't shows its full mimicry, but among the full cluster of sargassum seaweeds, their darker coloration makes sense as it looks like the older/rotting part of the weeds. The sargassum fish, anglerfish, or frog fish, Histrio histrio, is a frogfish of the family Antennariidae, the only species in its genus. The scientific name comes from the Latin histrio meaning a stage-player or actor, and refers to the fish's feeding behaviour. Histrio histrio, a strange-looking fish, blends well with its surroundings in its seaweed habitat. It is laterally compressed and its length can reach 20 cm (7.9 in). The colour of the body and the large oral cavity is very variable, but is usually mottled and spotted yellow, green, and brown on a paler background, and the fins often have several dark streaks or bands. The fish can change colour rapidly, from light to dark and back again. The body and the fins are covered with many weed-like protrusions, but other than these, the skin is smooth without dermal spines. The dorsal fin has three spines and 11–13 soft rays. The front spine is modified into a slender growth on the upper lip known as an illicium, which is tipped by a fleshy lump, the esca. The junction between the head and body is indistinct because there are no gill slits, the gills opening as pores near the base of the pectoral fins. The anal fin has no spines and seven to 13 soft rays. The pelvic fins are large and the pectoral fins have 9-11 rays and are stalked and able to grip objects. The outer rays of the tail fin are simple, but the central rays are forked.

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Linnaeus's Joker favorited by Machi Querétaro, Mexico 2 minutes ago

Hard to believe but this is a moth. 3 cm wingspan. See the reference for an interesting facts about it.

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Unknown spotting spotted by JanisDecosta Florida, USA 5 minutes ago

Spider

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Unknown spotting spotted by pamsai San José, San José, Costa Rica 7 minutes ago

A small Lycaenidae butterfly. Very hard to see the colours when it was flying around. It appeared to be mostly brown. Was pleasantly surprised when I saw it on the computer. I found it quite early in the morning and was having trouble with the lens fogging up in the extremely high humidity. Just managed these 2 shots before I couldn't use it at all, as it completely fogged over. 2nd photo is already foggy.

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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