If you’re a wildlife enthusiast anywhere in the world and love taking photographs of the animals around you and you like to share your discoveries with others, you should check out a website called Project Noah.
What is Project Noah? Well, in their own words from their website –
“Project Noah is a tool to explore and document wildlife and a platform to harness the power of citizen scientists everywhere.”
Project Noah is an award winning software which began in 2010 as an experiment to help people reconnect with the natural world. It’s backed by National Geographic and is helping people all over the world appreciate their local wildlife by utilizing new mobile technologies to collect ecological data and help preserve biodiversity.
You can look at some information without registering on the website, however, once you’ve signed up and can fully access the site, you’ll be able to do a whole lot more.
When you first go on the site, you’ll be presented with a list of uploaded sightings. You can choose to view them in order of popularity, date uploaded, or even what’s trending. You can also select to view unidentified sightings if you’d like to have a go at identifying some species that other users have uploaded. Here’s a partial screenshot of some popular listings. Hovering your mouse over a photo brings up details of the user who posted it and the number of “favourites” (equal to likes) as well as the number of comments. By clicking on the photo you’ll be taken to the spotting page where you can see all the details, make a comment, “favourite” the sighting, and share on social media sites.
Once you’ve signed up with Project Noah you can set up your profile and start uploading your wildlife photos. Here is a partial screenshot of one of my wildlife spottings.
You are able to add notes for each photo, including an animal’s description, its habitat, and anything else you’d like to add. You can even have more than one photo for each animal and include links as well. You also have the option to input an animal’s geographical location (it’s important to note that the locations of rare and endangered species are not published by the site).
Project Noah also has missions you can join. Missions are like categories that you can link your photos to. For example, in my wildlife spotting above, I’ve added the Kingfisher to 4 different missions. Below is a partial screenshot of some of the missions I’ve joined. There are tonnes of missions available, some global, some local, some broad ranging and some specific, some big and some small. There’s sure to be more than one mission that would meet your interests.
You can also earn patches, which are colourful symbols displayed on your profile showing specialist categories. For instance, you might post quite a few bird photos so you will earn a patch called “birds of the world”. The patches I’ve earned so far are Birds of the World, Tadpole, and Noah.
I really like Project Noah. I love the idea of what it is trying to do and how lucky we are in this day and age that we can digitally share our wildlife experiences with other like minded people anywhere in the world and assist scientific researchers. I love that you can upload new and old photos and can write notes, manually put in geographical details, and join in missions.
My user id on Project Noah is oznaturepix and you’re more than welcome to follow me to see my wildlife spottings, however, I haven’t been as active on it lately as I would like. I hope to be able to invest more time in this worthwhile project after Christmas because I have lots of interesting animals to share!
If you prefer a more fun and gamelike experience while sharing your wildlife photos, check out my review of Questagame as this might be more to your liking. But if you prefer a more serious side to Citizen Science and don’t want to use a mobile phone, Project Noah might be exactly what you’re after.