Wildlife classification has just gone mobile. Networked Organisms, a company created to help people learn about the planet through technology, recently launched Project Noah, an application dedicated to what the company is calling “citizen science.”

Project Noah stands for Networked Organisms and Habitats and was designed for people to learn about nature by both actively participating in documenting wildlife and exploring the field guides created by users. Start by photographing wildlife in your area. Once you’ve done that, sign in or create a Google account, choose the appropriate category for the subject in the photo, add a description, and click submit. Now you’re a contributor!

Once you’ve uploaded your own photos, take a look at the photos submitted by other users to enhance your world wildlife knowledge. The site collects users’ photos and puts them into field guides separated by the type of animal or region on the map feature. Some entries are more detailed than others, with the more detailed entries including the species’ Latin name, habitat, category and date spotted. A Google map accompanies all entries, marking exactly where the user found the specimen.

Don’t know where to start? Project Noah has got that covered for you. The Website includes several missions for users. Each mission is an effort to study specific wildlife or the effects on wildlife by their surroundings. Current missions include the Gulf Coast Oil Spill Impact, The Lost Ladybug Project and Urban Biodiversity, among several others. You can participate in the missions by flagging submitted photos with the corresponding mission tag.

Project Noah can be great fun for the whole family. It will give you a chance to go outside, explore the wildlife in your area and learn about wildlife all over the world. Become a “citizen scientist” today!

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