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Burning Bush

I think we found a Burning Bush. I think we found a Burning Bush because the stem has a small crevice throughout it. It also has two different colors green and brown. The burning bush has multiple stems. One reason why this plant is a burning bush is because, the stem on a burning bush has a crevice and the brown part sticks out. There are small points that come out about every 2 inches. The burning bushes stem doesn’t have many leaves but it does have a pretty good amount. The leaves change from green to pinkish red. They are simple leaves, and are placed opposite from each other.

Project Information
City or Town: 
South Portland, Maine
School or Organization: 
Mahoney Middle
Species: 
Scientific name:
Euonymus alatus
Common name:
Burning bush
Habitat: 
Upland - Forest
Resources I used to create this project: 
Google Docs

Vital Communities - Milbridge Elementary School with NHS

Milbridge Elementary School teacher, Rebecca Torrey, seized the opportunity to reach out to the community about invasive species during a book launch for a local author, Cynthia Lord. Students in middle grades made informational stations on native pollinators and on invasive species. Not only did the stations have large displays, but the students also made flyers that people could pick-up and take home. It was estimated that 80+ community partners and members attended - not bad for a small rural school!

Project Information
City or Town: 
Milbridge
School or Organization: 
Milbridge Elementary
Resources I used to create this project: 
Vital Signs species identification cards and an invasive upland invertbrates kit from the state.

Vital Communities

The original idea for this project was to somehow reach out to the community and get their help in monitoring the environment. At first we thought about a big spaghetti dinner that would include the high school and its feeding grammar schools, but that may have been thinking too big. So, we took it down a notch and had the schools work independently on their own ideas to reach out to the community.

This started out as a multi-school project that included one high school and three grammar schools. Early on it became evident that coordinating was going to be an issue.

Project Information
City or Town: 
Harrington
School or Organization: 
MSAD 37
Resources I used to create this project: 
I used the Vital Signs website and their resources for species identification and the vernal pools mission, iPads, Internet, and a color copier.

Massabesic Middle School Invasive Species Forum

Blog Post For The Invasive Species Forum

The Invasive Species Forum that team Aroostook of Massabesic Middle School hosted was on November 6th, 2014. It was an amazing event that occurred to not only increase awareness about invasive species, but it also attempted to get new citizen scientists signed up into Vital Signs.

Project Information
City or Town: 
E. Waterboro
School or Organization: 
Massabesic Middle School

White Clover

34.8968 N and 42.0978 W in a forest like area with trees, next to a swamp on MMS school grounds. I am happy I found this plant because it's not invasive. I found it hard to find the scientific name for it. I am surprised to see that this plant stands alone, and no other White Clovers were near it. My sampling method was looking around for it.
I am looking for White Clover ( Trifolium repens). I found this plant near my study site.
The plant was four inches long, and the clover top was 1.6 centimeters wide.

Project Information
City or Town: 
Waterboro
School or Organization: 
MMS
Resources I used to create this project: 
ipad, notebook, pen.

Witch hazel

On the campus of our school i think i found witch hazel but i need some help finding out what itt is it but i don't know so if you can please check out this below.

On Tuesday October, 15 2013 we went outside and started looking for a new kind of plant on the massabesic campus.

Our mission was to find a plant that had not been found before on the campus.I think I found some witch hazel but it's a little short in size but all the other dimensions are correct. The plant has made a great impact on the area around it and most of the plants have died out.

Project Information
City or Town: 
Waterboro ME
School or Organization: 
Massabesicmiddleschool
Habitat: 
Upland - Forest
Resources I used to create this project: 
I used my own teacher the forest trees of maine book and my own personal knowledge.
How should others reference your work?: 
I ask that they try and help out and tell me if this is witch hazel. And I would like to know more about the plant.

Blog Post: Summer Intern Activities

Hi Vital Signs Community!

I'm Jeffrey, the 2013 VS Summer intern. In a quick blog post, I wanted to introduce myself and give all of you a quick overview of what I've done this summer for the VS community.

Project Information
School or Organization: 
Gulf of Maine Research Institute
How should others reference your work?: 
Rubel, Jeffrey. Summer Intern Activities (Blog). 23 July 2013.

Vital Signs is mobile!

Vital Signs is going mobile. Thanks to the new iOS, you can upload data directly from your mobile devices!

Project Information
City or Town: 
Portland
School or Organization: 
Gulf of Maine Research Institute
Resources I used to create this project: 
Canon Powershot, iMovie, Sarah Mo
How should others reference your work?: 
sniffly salamander, Vital Signs is mobile!, Vital Signs Program, 11/05/12
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What's In Your Backyard?

Students will investigate the species found on their school campus. Field studies will begin in September and continue throughout the year as the seasons change. Students will write blog entries, document observations with photos and videos, record audio podcasts, post slide show presentations, and link to news articles. The project timeline is as follows:

SEPTEMBER
1. Selection of quadrat
2. Register on Vital Signs website
3. List of producers and consumers, diagram food chains and food webs
4. Describe seed dispersal mechanisms and chance of survival

OCTOBER
1.

Project Information
City or Town: 
Brewer
School or Organization: 
Brewer High School
Resources I used to create this project: 
Science and Natural History: A Maine Studies Sourcebook
How should others reference your work?: 
Glendon Rand, "What's in Your Backyard", Vital Signs Program, 2012-13

Invading Our News: Invasive Species News Blog, Update 3

Here is the final installment in our news blog. I hope that you have enjoyed these short blurbs about invasive species in our news.

Project Information
Resources I used to create this project: 
Google Alerts, Microsoft Word, Flickr
How should others reference your work?: 
Vital Signs, "Invading the News: Invasive Species News Blog, Update 3," 3 July 2012
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