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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National Geographic's Great Nature Project

National Geographic is urging everyone to get outside to explore nature. Participants are asked to ...

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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 Dragonflies & Damselflies

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

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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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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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Uloborid spider sp.? spotted by Ernst Weiher Victoria, Australia 4 minutes ago

One of them unusually shaped spiders, with a uplifted abdomen. Very slow moving and when thought showed no sign of aggression , it just walked a short distance and stoped and take up a posture of a small pice of tree twick . The raised abdomen was about 7-8 mm high .Coloration mostly light brown and darker brown tones . Could not find any trace of a web. There seem to be 2 rows of 4 eyes but none of the images taken show the configuration well enough .

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Pacific Cicada-killer Wasp spotted by Kibuyu Arizona, USA 11 minutes ago

This is one of 4 species of cicada-killer found in USA. S. convallis is found in WA, CO, CA, AZ and TX. Its colors are yellow and brown and it is very similar to the Western cicada-killer, S. grandis. Adult female wasps hunt cicadae, paralyse them and airlift them back to a burrow dug in sandy soil. There, the female lays an egg and the resulting larva eats the stored cicadae. These wasps are solitary but nest in colonies.

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Ants suggestion by ChunXingWong Benguet, Philippines 27 minutes ago

Common name: Yellow crazy ant
Scientific name: Anoplolepis gracilipes
Wikipedia: Yellow crazy ant

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Cricket commented on by ChunXingWong Benguet, Philippines 29 minutes ago

Seems to be a predatory cricket with leaf-rolling habits - Gryllacridinae

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Cicada killer commented on by Kibuyu Tennessee, USA 30 minutes ago

Fooled me at first...I thought, what's a Western or Pacific C-K doing in TN? But the distinctive head shape and shorter abdomen make it a Euro Hornet. Interesting that they too prey on cicadas. It shouldn't have been laying eggs in the cicada, but might have been stinging to subdue it. I'll post a spotting of Sphecius convallis to show the difference.

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Spider commented on by ChunXingWong George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia 34 minutes ago

Possibly Mallinella sp.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

With support from National Geographic