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National Geographic's Great Nature Project
2,844 participants
66,545 spottings
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National Geographic's Great ...

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

Great Alaskan Challenge
36 participants
1,910 spottings
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Great Alaskan Challenge

To photograph and capture nature and wildlife in the last American frontier.

Save Our Oaks - San Diego
71 participants
242 spottings
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Save Our Oaks - San Diego

Let us document the importance of oak habitat with photographs. San Diego County's Oak Trees are under attack from ...

Mission WILD
3,434 participants
43,030 spottings
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Mission WILD

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

2012 Best Wildlife Photo
1,252 participants
12,913 spottings
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2012 Best Wildlife Photo

We're calling for your best wildlife photos. This featured mission is open to all members from all over the world ...

Backyard Habitats of the World
1,737 participants
13,619 spottings
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Backyard Habitats of the World

Some of the most remarkable nature and wildlife can be seen right in your own backyard! The focus of this mission ...

The Color Blue
2,539 participants
5,863 spottings
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The Color Blue

There are so many incredible animals in the color blue. However, at the same time, they are few when considering ...

Flies!
495 participants
5,527 spottings
Arthropods

Flies!

Flies are everywhere and quite frankly, I think they get a bad rap! Yes some can eat disgusting things, annoy you ...

Wondrous Wasps of Southern California
57 participants
164 spottings
Arthropods

Wondrous Wasps of Southern ...

This mission is aimed at documenting Wasps from Southern California and their intelligent social and solitary ...

Snakes of the United States - Center for Snake Conservation
1,458 participants
3,560 spottings
Reptiles

Snakes of the United States - ...

Snakes play vital roles as mid- to top-level predators in our natural ecosystems but they are often very ...

Moths of the World
3,062 participants
41,508 spottings
Arthropods

Moths of the World

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

Flowering Cacti and Succulents of California
175 participants
161 spottings
Plants

Flowering Cacti and Succulents ...

The purpose of this mission is to highlight and celebrate the spectacular blooms coming from an otherwise very ...

Leaves of the North East
180 participants
434 spottings
Plants

Leaves of the North East

I am trying to see what the local leaves are like in my area and what people are growing. If this mission ...

Wildly Edible California
111 participants
81 spottings
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Wildly Edible California

We want to see all those herbs, weeds, fruits, fungi, and vegetables you like to eat that grow wild in your area. ...

Flora and Fauna of California Wilderness
229 participants
2,724 spottings
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Flora and Fauna of California ...

Exploring and documenting the flora and fauna of the wilderness areas in California. Let's share our discoveries ...

Life and Mathematics
255 participants
858 spottings
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Life and Mathematics

Life and mathematics are intimately implicated. And this relationship is visible now and then. If you see it, take ...

Spirals in Nature - Midwestern US
248 participants
262 spottings
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Spirals in Nature - Midwestern US

This mission is dedicated to showcasing spiral patterns found in nature. Whether it be Fibonacci spiral patterns ...

Edible and Medicinal Plants of Costa Rica
178 participants
887 spottings
Plants

Edible and Medicinal Plants of ...

Since the beginning of time humans have relied on plants for their survival. They provide us food, medicine and ...

Photos for Conservation
102 participants
735 spottings
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Photos for Conservation

All wildlife, large and small. Encourage wildlife and habitat conservation through my images.

Caterpillars and larvae of the World
676 participants
5,498 spottings
Arthropods

Caterpillars and larvae of the ...

There are many beautiful and unique larva forms such as caterpillars that we never even notice until they turn ...

Lichens
281 participants
1,691 spottings
Fungi

Lichens

Lichens are the symbiotic union of a fungus with either a green alga or a cyanobacteria. They are very different ...

Medicinal Fungi of the Eastern US
139 participants
342 spottings
Fungi

Medicinal Fungi of the Eastern US

Fungi has proven to offer a wide variety of highly active, clinically proven medicinal properties. These ...

Anoles!
289 participants
744 spottings
Reptiles

Anoles!

This mission seeks to record observations of Anolis lizards wherever they may occur in the Western hemisphere -- ...

Plants of Ecuador
129 participants
2,694 spottings
Plants

Plants of Ecuador

Let's do a little documenting of plants!

Reptiles of the World
1,158 participants
9,796 spottings
Reptiles

Reptiles of the World

To document reptiles found around the world.

Sharks of the World: the ocean guardians
36 participants
96 spottings
Fish

Sharks of the World: the ocean ...

With shark populations declining around the world I want to document species abundance and distribution to look at ...

NWF: Watch for Wildlife!
1,148 participants
6,453 spottings
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NWF: Watch for Wildlife!

We here at the National Wildlife Federation are celebrating our 74th annual National Wildlife Week! This year we ...

Marsupials of the World
232 participants
467 spottings
Mammals

Marsupials of the World

There are only 434 Marsupials on our planet. Let's see how many Marsupials Project Noah can find. Marsupials are ...

Global Schoolyard Bioblitz!
2,881 participants
5,290 spottings
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Global Schoolyard Bioblitz!

Teachers and students, start documenting and sharing the wildlife you encounter in and around your school sites! ...

Orchids of the Americas
122 participants
503 spottings
Plants

Orchids of the Americas

The principal value of the virtual world of orchids, is to preserve, catalog and identify the different and ...

Picudos. Weevils
83 participants
383 spottings
Arthropods

Picudos. Weevils

En esta misión se pueden incluir todos los picudos. El Picudo rojo es la plaga más preocupante actualmente en las ...

The Pacific Northwest Bioregion
422 participants
5,510 spottings
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The Pacific Northwest Bioregion

The goal of this project is so fill out as many organisms as possible for the Pacific Northwest and create a ...

Beauty of Decay
181 participants
2,481 spottings
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Beauty of Decay

This mission is about showing the beauty of all kinds of decay processes which are usually the basis beginning of ...

Blue & Purple Holland (482km radius)
156 participants
975 spottings
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Blue & Purple Holland (482km ...

All natures blue and purple treasures.

Seeds and Seed Pods
121 participants
550 spottings
Plants

Seeds and Seed Pods

Pods are produced by plants to help with the delivery of the seeds and to encourage the transportation of the seed ...

Trees of the World
948 participants
5,003 spottings
Plants

Trees of the World

A collection of trees and their characteristics worldwide.

California Tidepools!
120 participants
411 spottings
Other

California Tidepools!

This project is for those who love to tidepool up and down California's awesome coast!

Hunters & Animal Food Habits
1,013 participants
4,466 spottings
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Hunters & Animal Food Habits

This mission is to document the food habits of animals from all genera.

Parental care in insects and other invertebrates
518 participants
309 spottings
Arthropods

Parental care in insects and ...

[PLEASE READ the instructions under Overview first!*]. Did you know that some of the lesser creatures engage in ...

Fungi of the American Southwest
69 participants
147 spottings
Fungi

Fungi of the American Southwest

To document and identify fungi of the American Southwest.

Amphibians of the World
2,399 participants
7,494 spottings
Amphibians

Amphibians of the World

Lethal fungi, habitat loss, and predators have caused severe declines in amphibian populations around the world. ...

Snakes of the World
1,965 participants
4,841 spottings
Reptiles

Snakes of the World

A mission to document the beautiful snakes species from around the world.

Monarch Migration
1,136 participants
672 spottings
Arthropods

Monarch Migration

Where have you seen a Monarch? Help document Monarch migration by posting photos of your spottings.

Nature in Yellow
2,420 participants
12,695 spottings
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Nature in Yellow

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

Fruiting Bodies of the World
1,137 participants
6,237 spottings
Plants

Fruiting Bodies of the World

This mission is about mapping all the different kinds of fruiting bodies around the world. This doesn't ...

California Coleoptera
185 participants
407 spottings
Arthropods

California Coleoptera

Coleoptera, commonly referred to as "beetles", outnumber all other species of insects. They are among the most ...

Animals with Warning Colors
879 participants
1,589 spottings
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Animals with Warning Colors

Many animals use colors in the opposite way of camouflage. They have bright colors wich make them highly ...

Pollinating Insects of the World
1,418 participants
11,753 spottings
Arthropods

Pollinating Insects of the World

Insects are the most important pollinators of flowering plants (Angiosperms). They are very valuable for humans, ...

Captive Animals
2,473 participants
12,348 spottings
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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 zoos. edit: I ...

Symbiotic Relationships
1,025 participants
1,647 spottings
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Symbiotic Relationships

Symbiosis is close and often long-term interaction between different biological species. There are many example of ...

Eggs of the World
1,353 participants
2,244 spottings
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Eggs of the World

Nothing is more symbolic to life in this world than the egg. Like wildlife itself, eggs come in all shapes and ...

Interaction between different species of Arthropods
764 participants
1,738 spottings
Arthropods

Interaction between different ...

The objective of this mission is to collect pictures of the interaction between different species of arthropods. ...

Mimetic Animals of the World
1,387 participants
5,765 spottings
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Mimetic Animals of the World

One of the most striking survival strategies of animals is mimicking their environment. Mimetism can be used for ...

Herbs & Spices – Source Plants
1,592 participants
2,639 spottings
Plants

Herbs & Spices – Source Plants

Herbs & spices have been used since ancient times. They have been used for cooking, as medicines, in religion, ...

Garden Snails of California
184 participants
121 spottings
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Garden Snails of California

Foster a greater appreciation of garden snails, an animal most people want to kill. This is a local mission & ...

Nests, hives, bowers, webs & other animal architecture
2,954 participants
9,414 spottings
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Nests, hives, bowers, webs & ...

This mission is to document the incredible architectural abilities of animals from all genera.

The Hoppers
866 participants
4,381 spottings
Arthropods

The Hoppers

This is not for jumping organisms! This mission is focusing on the Auchenorrhyncha suborder (Free-living ...

Global Flight
1,347 participants
17,039 spottings
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Global Flight

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

Rare Color Morphs
1,029 participants
758 spottings
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Rare Color Morphs

If you find an animal or plant that is not it's normal color, please add it to this mission. Though rare, ...

Discover Disney
19 participants
101 spottings
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Discover Disney

Disney has always had a huge heart for nature and it shows both the movies we cherish and the parks we love. Now ...

Southern California Wildlife
409 participants
7,000 spottings
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Southern California Wildlife

Southern California is one of the most biologically diverse regions in America which allows for unique wildlife ...

BioBlitz: Saguaro National Park
231 participants
276 spottings
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BioBlitz: Saguaro National Park

Help us count and identify species in southern Arizona! National Geographic and the National Park Service are ...

Fall Into Phenology
1,227 participants
2,209 spottings
Plants

Fall Into Phenology

Celebrate the Fall Equinox and help us reach our goal of 500 reported observations with Project BudBurst’s new ...

Signs of Wildlife
2,982 participants
6,096 spottings
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Signs of Wildlife

If you look carefully, there are signs of wildlife everywhere. From subtle animal tracks and abandoned spider ...

Primate Watch
786 participants
1,476 spottings
Mammals

Primate Watch

The Primate Specialist Group is a network of scientists and conservationists who stand against the tide of ...

2011 Best Wildlife Photo
8,511 participants
9,121 spottings
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2011 Best Wildlife Photo

We're calling for your best wildlife photos. This featured mission is open to all members from all over the world ...

Global Coral Reef Monitoring
592 participants
5,537 spottings
Other

Global Coral Reef Monitoring

The Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network works hard to improve management and conservation of coral reefs by ...

California Coastal Wildlife Watch
947 participants
3,003 spottings
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California Coastal Wildlife Watch

Around the world, coastal ecosystems are known for their unique wildlife. From sea birds to native plant life, ...

Flowers of North America
9,460 participants
32,312 spottings
Plants

Flowers of North America

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

WILD Cities: Urban Biodiversity
7,224 participants
45,455 spottings
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WILD Cities: Urban Biodiversity

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

Vegetable Varieties for Gardeners
2,519 participants
3,382 spottings
Plants

Vegetable Varieties for Gardeners

Curious which vegetable varieties might grow best in your garden? Cornell researchers are, too. We compile ...

Mushroom Mapping
6,121 participants
28,973 spottings
Fungi

Mushroom Mapping

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

Project Squirrel
5,886 participants
3,849 spottings
Mammals

Project Squirrel

Fox squirrels and grey squirrels are two of the most familiar species of wildlife in many neighborhoods and ...

Marine Mammals of the World
1,337 participants
1,084 spottings
Mammals

Marine Mammals of the World

Marine mammals are a diverse group of 120 species of mammal that are primarily ocean-dwelling or depend on the ...

The Color Red
5,859 participants
15,034 spottings
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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 wildlife images ...

International Spider Survey
3,936 participants
19,999 spottings
Arthropods

International Spider Survey

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

Global Dragonflies & Damselflies
4,946 participants
12,630 spottings
Arthropods

Global Dragonflies & Damselflies

Dragonflies and damselflies are agile insects of the order Odonata. With a worldwide distribution and over 5,000 ...

The Lost Ladybug Project
5,572 participants
3,369 spottings
Arthropods

The Lost Ladybug Project

Across North America ladybug species distribution is changing. We're asking you to join us in finding out where ...

Butterflies & Moths of the World
8,541 participants
78,112 spottings
Arthropods

Butterflies & Moths of the World

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

Birds of the World
12,832 participants
105,260 spottings
Birds

Birds of the World

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

Discover Disney
19 participants
101 spottings
All

Discover Disney

Disney has always had a huge heart for nature and it shows both the movies we cherish and the parks we love. Now ...

Identify that Tree - California
1 participant
13 spottings
Plants

Identify that Tree - California

Post pictures of leaves from local trees including any seeds, flowers, fruit, or other growth as well as the bark ...

Name that Bug
1 participant
6 spottings
Arthropods

Name that Bug

Practice identifying local arthropods for the Science Olympiad competition in February!

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