Project Noah Makes Scientists of us all

Project Noah is an awesome social media website that takes your wildlife encounters and puts them online to share with people all around the world, says David Munson, director of education for the project.

“In the same way that you would update your Facebook status, you can take this encounter that you have out in the field. Whether you’re out in the desert at the BioBlitz or just in your backyard, you can see a digital organism, take a digital photo of it, put in habitat information, and you can put in information about the organization itself, connect it with links and all kinds of other stuff, and then share it with tens of thousands of users all around the world.”

It’s a social experience, where you may meet people with a shared passion for wildlife, but it is also a way any of us can contribute to research. More than a hundred people are uploading images of species they are finding at the Saguaro BioBlitz, for example — including this blogger, who uploaded the image below of a coachwhip snake.

Streaming photos and information into a Project Noah mission creates data that researchers can use, Munson told me at the BioBlitz today.

Photo of coachwhip snake uploaded to Project Noah by David Braun
Photos uploaded to Project Noah website by Saguaro BioBlitz participants.


National Geographic has partnered with Project Noah. There are many of us who think that citizen scientists uploading images of species where they find them can help scientists in a multitude of ways, including the changing patterns of species distribution and migration as climate changes, the spread of invasive species, the overall health of native species.

Sign up for Project Noah here. I’ll see you there.

12418031_10153900711084116_8462971761216697621_nDavid Braun is director of outreach with the digital and social media team illuminating the National Geographic Society’s explorer, science, and education programs.

He edits National Geographic Voices, hosting a global discussion on issues resonating with the Society’s mission and major initiatives. Contributors include grantees and Society partners, as well as universities, foundations, interest groups, and individuals dedicated to a sustainable world. More than 50,000 readers have participated in 10,000 conversations.

Braun also directs the Society side of the Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship

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More than forty years in U.S., UK, and South African media gives David Max Braun global perspective and experience across multiple storytelling platforms. His coverage of science, nature, politics, and technology has been published/broadcast by the BBC, CNN, NPR, AP, UPI, National Geographic, TechWeb, De Telegraaf, Travel World, and Argus South African Newspapers. He has published two books and won several journalism awards. In his 22-year career at National Geographic he was VP and editor in chief of National Geographic Digital Media, and the founding editor of the National Geographic Society blog, hosting a global discussion on issues resonating with the Society's mission and initiatives. He also directed the Society side of the Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship, awarded to Americans seeking the opportunity to spend nine months abroad, engaging local communities and sharing stories from the field with a global audience. A regular expert on National Geographic Expeditions, David also lectures on storytelling for impact. He has 120,000 followers on social media: Facebook  Twitter  LinkedIn