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species-tsuga-canadensis-was-found-thespeciespecialists-2014-03-11 TheSpecieSpecialists Freeport 2014-03-11 16:56:00 Eastern hemlock Tsuga canadensis I think I found it Native sites/default/files/thespeciespecialists/image.jpg sites/default/files/thespeciespecialists/image_5.jpg Freeport Middle School "Run-Off" Area sites/default/files/species_photos/703.jpg sites/default/files/thespeciespecialists/image_2.jpg The foliage was needle like and dark green with two white stripes running down the back of the needle. The needle was one cm long. sites/default/files/thespeciespecialists/image_3.jpg There were small undeveloped cones handing down from the branches. They were two cm long. sites/default/files/thespeciespecialists/image_4.jpg The bark was scale like and was brownish grey and the branches were whorled. It was frigid outside. The sun was out it was very clear. It was very windy while we were getting information. Our gloves could not protect us from the cold. It was quite difficult to find to find our hemlock tree because of the thorns blocking our way. It was negative 28 degrees C.
species-rosa-rugosa-was-found-identifyingiguanas-2014-03-11 IdentifyingIguanas Freeport 2014-03-11 16:56:00 Beach rose Rosa rugosa I think I found it Invasive sites/default/files/identifyingiguanas/image.jpg sites/default/files/identifyingiguanas/image_0.jpg Freeport Middle School "Run-Off" Area sites/default/files/species_photos/200.jpg sites/default/files/identifyingiguanas/image_1.jpg The leaf type is compound-pinnate, it has 5-9 leaflets. The leaf arrangement is alternate, the leaf shape is oval and the leaf edge is toothed. The color of the leaf is brown on the bottom, and is a darker brown on the top. The leaf is 2-7cm. sites/default/files/identifyingiguanas/image_2.jpg The fruit called the rose hip is located at the end of branches in groups of 1-3. The color is dark red-brown rose hips. The fruit is 1.5-2cm. sites/default/files/identifyingiguanas/image_3.jpg The thorns are thin, straight, sharp and spiky. It is 0.5-2cm. The branch is rough because of thorns. Also, tiny white hairs coat end of branches. The outside of the stem is light gray with frost. On the inside, it is tan/very light brown. The stems on the main branch/stem. The tallest branch is 175cm tall. The day we observed the beach rose it was clear, sunny, cold, dry and icy. It snowed the day before, also. The beach rose was in the shade because of a building that was near it and it was 1 inch above ice. Questions and problems I ran into was it was frozen because of cold temperature. There were not many leaves because it is winter. Picture taking was hard. The plant was thorny so it was hard to hold and examine in our hands. It was icy so we had to focus on staying up a lot. The temperature was 26.3 degrees F and 3.7 degrees C.
species-fallopia-japonica-was-found-naturenurturers-2014-03-11 NatureNurturers Freeport 2014-03-11 16:56:00 Japanese knotweed Fallopia japonica I think I found it Invasive sites/default/files/naturenurturers/image.jpg sites/default/files/naturenurturers/image_2.jpg Freeport Middle School "Run-Off" Area sites/default/files/species_photos/210.jpg sites/default/files/naturenurturers/image_4.jpg The japanese knotweed is bamboo like because of the hollow inside and the vein like joints. Branches come off from each joint. If you rub your hand up and down the branches it feels smooth however if you rub your hand from side to side it feels ridged. The stems are bare and they form a zigzag pattern. The branches are alternate. The branches that come off the trunk are 54-57 centimeters long. The whole tree is about three meters tall. sites/default/files/naturenurturers/image_3.jpg The trunk is reddish brown. Inside the trunk it is tan with light brown blotches. The trunk is about two centimeters wide and three meters tall. sites/default/files/naturenurturers/image_5.jpg The joints are about thirteen centimeters apart on the branches and trunk. At the joints, on the inside, the hollowness is stopped by a solid wooden disk. We went outside to find the Japanese Knotweed. It was a sunny day with no clouds in the sky. There is a thick layer of ice under the fluffy snow. The air is crisply cool. We see and hear cars whizzing by on the highway. Around us we head hard working groups. There is a frozen pond in front of us. Today we are happy because it is a beautiful day with not a cloud in the sky. Some of the problems that we ran into while observing was it was hard to move through the branches of the Japanese Knotweed to take pictures. Since it was really cold our fingers were all numb by the time we got inside. We are surprised that we did not find as much twisting branches as we had expected.
species-operophtera-spp-was-found-apalmer-2013-12-04 apalmer Vinalhaven 2013-12-04 19:15:00 winter moth Operophtera spp. I think I found it Invasive sites/default/files/apalmer/wmtree.jpg sites/default/files/apalmer/lttree_0.jpg Ground zero sites/default/files/species_photos/winter_moth_reference_photo_101912.jpg sites/default/files/apalmer/dsc06642_0.jpg Both females and males were stuck to the inside of these bands. We also had a pheromone trap to catch males. We sent the males from the pheromone trap to our scientist and counted the number of females on the bands. The long term tree had 125 females (no short term tree bands yet). sites/default/files/apalmer/dsc06647_0.jpg Arrested development of the moth population in one small corner of Vinalhaven! :) sites/default/files/apalmer/dsc06648_0.jpg This is what the back of my car looked like from mid November until Christmas! :) Our Vital Signs crew is working with a scientist from UMass Amherst to collect data on winter moth occurring on Vinalhaven. Our scientist provided us with special bands that are sticky on the inside so that the moths wouldn't be eaten by predators before we could count them. We banded two trees--one deemed the short term tree and the other was the long term tree. The short term band is in place for 5 days during the height of the WM flight. The long term band is up for the winter.
species-solanum-dulcamara-was-found-sniffly-salamander-2013-11-19 sniffly salamander South Portland 2013-11-19 16:40:00 bittersweet nightshade Solanum dulcamara I think I found it Invasive sites/default/files/sniffly_salamander/image_43.jpg sites/default/files/sniffly_salamander/image_45.jpg Oceanview sites/default/files/species_photos/bittersweet_nightshade_berries_pa180041.jpg sites/default/files/sniffly_salamander/image_46.jpg Here is the dark green purplish leaf. It also has the lobes that area o characteristic of this species. sites/default/files/sniffly_salamander/image_47.jpg Even this late in the season you can see the egg shaped red berries. The ID card said that each of these has 30 seeds. I am hoping to collect observations of what birds might be eating and spreading these seeds. I'll share what I find. sites/default/files/sniffly_salamander/image_48.jpg Here you can see the woody slender stem. This characteristic isn't so helpful in IDing this species in and of itself but combined with the leaves and fruit, I think you'll be convinced. Its a chilly fall day. The wind is cutting through my jacket. The sun is out so if it weren't for the wind I wouldn't be so cold. I'm enduring the cold so that I can test different iPad apps for collecting an observation on my iPad for later upload. Right now I'm trying Evernote. I created a note that I am using as a template for a data sheet. I shared it with a second account and started collecting data while offline. When I got back to work I shared the data I collected back to my original Evernote account. I'm trying to simulate how a teacher and group of students might all collaborate to collect and post data. If you have any app ideas, let me know.
species-euonymus-alatus-was-found-sniffly-salamander-2013-11-19 sniffly salamander South Portland 2013-11-19 16:40:00 Burning bush Euonymus alatus I think I found it Invasive sites/default/files/sniffly_salamander/image_43.jpg sites/default/files/sniffly_salamander/image_49.jpg Oceanview sites/default/files/species_photos/220.jpg sites/default/files/sniffly_salamander/image_50.jpg The stems had those weird corky wings. I've never seen this on other bushes. It seems like it's characteristic of this species. Is it on the similar species Euonymus atropurpureus? sites/default/files/sniffly_salamander/image_51.jpg Here you can see the red fruit. Stan thought is was dwarf burning bush and that it didn't fruit and therefore would not be invasive, but it seems to be producing fruit! sites/default/files/sniffly_salamander/image_52.jpg Here is the bright red leaf. Most were on the ground below. I didn't measure but I think it was less than 7cm. Its a chilly fall day. The wind is cutting through my jacket. The sun is out so if it weren't for the wind I wouldn't be so cold. I'm enduring the cold so that I can test different iPad apps for collecting an observation on my iPad for later upload. Right now I'm trying Evernote. I created a note that I am using as a template for a data sheet. I shared it with a second account and started collecting data while offline. When I got back to work I shared the data I collected back to my original Evernote account. I'm trying to simulate how a teacher and group of students might all collaborate to collect and post data. If you have any app ideas, let me know.
species-celastrus-orbiculatus-was-found-lightning-leopards-2013-11-19 Lightning Leopards Auburn 2013-11-19 16:06:00 Oriental bittersweet Celastrus orbiculatus I think I found it Invasive sites/default/files/lightning_leopards/image_1.jpg sites/default/files/lightning_leopards/image_6.jpg Auburn Middle School sites/default/files/species_photos/208.jpg sites/default/files/lightning_leopards/image_9.jpg The evidence photo is of what we think is an Oriental Bittersweet. Oriental Bittersweet looks like a vine and in this photo it shows a plant wrapped around another plant. The leaves are also the right shape. They are oval and the tips of the leaves are toothed. The berries are the right color too. In the fall the leaves begin to turn red with a yellow skin. As you can see the berries are covered with the yellow skin. When we first went outside it was cold but not cold enough to see our breath. We looked around our classmates chatting away as the cars drove by. Our group walked together finding the Oriental Bittersweet. It wasn't really that hard to find it since we saw it around our school before. Since it was around November we knew the plant would change color like to orangish red. Our group happily skipped away finding the plant and found it near the cat tails.
species-operophtera-spp-was-found-manyeyes-2013-11-12 manyeyes Cape Elizabeth 2013-11-12 01:20:00 winter moth Operophtera spp. I think I found it Invasive sites/default/files/manyeyes/img_7922.jpg sites/default/files/manyeyes/img_7916.jpg Richmond Terrace sites/default/files/species_photos/winter_moth_reference_photo_101912.jpg sites/default/files/manyeyes/img_7919.jpg The moth I found near my ceiling is small (slightly bigger than a quarter) and tan. It has bands of darker brown, and fringes on the bottom of its wings. It's antennae are not feathery. It's a boy! (it has wings) sites/default/files/manyeyes/img_7912.jpg Here he is posing for the camera with his wings together. It's tough to photograph small moths, especially when they're on the ceiling. Does anyone have any tips for me? Or maybe someone wants to give me an awesome camera to use! I've been seeing these small, light brown moths in headlights lately. This one followed me inside. I chased it around for a while, gave up, then found it resting near the ceiling. I'm not sure whether this is invasive winter moth or its dear native cousin Bruce, but I wanted to document it just in case. I've heard there are efforts really close by in Cape Elizabeth at Two Lights State park to manage the winter moth. I think I'll try wrapping my apple trees this week to see if they're being affected.
species-operophtera-spp-was-found-agospodarek-2013-11-11 AGospodarek Gorham 2013-11-11 23:00:00 winter moth Operophtera spp. I think I found it Invasive sites/default/files/agospodarek/img_3087.jpg sites/default/files/agospodarek/img_3523_0.jpg 65 Deering Road sites/default/files/species_photos/winter_moth_reference_photo_101912.jpg sites/default/files/agospodarek/img_3523.jpg The moth looked a lot like a picture of a winter moth. A lot of moths are small and brownish, but the moth we found had some dark fringe on the end of the wings and a few darker bands along the wings. The body was a bit lighter in color. During the early evening we let the dogs in the house and a moth flew in with them. The moth landed and the ceiling and my boys commented that they were surprised to see a moth out when it was so cold. We looked at the moth and thought it looked a lot like a winter moth.
species-betula-papyrifera-was-found-4mushrooms-2013-11-07 4mushrooms Mars Hill 2013-11-07 12:46:00 Paper birch Betula papyrifera I think I found it Native sites/default/files/4mushrooms/img_0069.jpg sites/default/files/4mushrooms/img_0070.jpg Junior High School sites/default/files/species_photos/708.jpg sites/default/files/4mushrooms/img_0064_0.jpg The bark is white and papery. sites/default/files/4mushrooms/img_0066_0.jpg The leaves match the shape on the identity card. sites/default/files/4mushrooms/img_0069_1.jpg It looks like it from a distance. I am happy because I get to go outside. I see, hear and smell the sun its cold and wet. I am suprised by what I found because of how fast we found it.
species-daucus-carota-was-found-awesome-purple-vipers-2013-11-05 Awesome Purple Vipers Auburn 2013-11-05 14:30:00 Queen Anne's Lace Daucus carota I think I found it Native sites/default/files/awesome_purple_vipers/image_5.jpg sites/default/files/awesome_purple_vipers/image_7.jpg Auburn Middle School sites/default/files/species_photos/738.jpg sites/default/files/awesome_purple_vipers/image_10.jpg We identified the Daucus Carota by using the Vital Signs ID Cards. We knew we found it because the flower buds at the top, were concaved in like a birds nest. sites/default/files/awesome_purple_vipers/image_13.jpg The flower stems still are the same shape during the summer, spring, and fall. The stems also had bristly hair covering it just like the ID Card stated. We went outside on a Wednesday around 7:30 a.m. on a cold November day. We found the Queen Anne's Lace( Daucus Carota) around a developed area behind the parking lot. We found it in a marshy area that went down into a bowl shape. Since it is November, the plant was almost dead.
species-lythrum-salicaria-was-found-hand-sanitizers-2013-11-05 Hand Sanitizers Auburn 2013-11-05 14:30:00 Purple loosestrife Lythrum salicaria I think I found it Invasive sites/default/files/hand_sanitizers/image_7.jpg sites/default/files/hand_sanitizers/image_1.jpg Auburn Middle School sites/default/files/species_photos/015.jpg sites/default/files/hand_sanitizers/image_2.jpg Leaves - Leaves are lance-shaped. 6-10 cm long, In fall/ winter leaves are redish brown. sites/default/files/hand_sanitizers/image_3.jpg Plant - In late fall/winter stems are brown with reddish leaves. Each plant has multiple long spicks covered in seed pods. sites/default/files/hand_sanitizers/image_5.jpg Stem - Stems are square and brown and 2m tall, stems are covered by small hairs. I am happy because we got to go outside and work on science instead of staying inside. I see dried up plant and dead plants. I hear cars and birds. I can smell the frost and the engines for the cars. I am surprised by what I found because it looked different than what I was looking for. It was all brown, instead of being purple. When we first went outside we didn't exactly know what the purple loosestrife looked like in the winter. So we had to look it up online before we went outside for a second time.
species-celastrus-orbiculatus-was-found-invasive-hunters-2013-11-05 Invasive Hunters Auburn 2013-11-05 14:30:00 Oriental bittersweet Celastrus orbiculatus I think I found it Invasive sites/default/files/invasive_hunters/image.jpg sites/default/files/invasive_hunters/image_7.jpg Auburn Middle School sites/default/files/species_photos/208.jpg sites/default/files/invasive_hunters/image_4.jpg 1: You can clearly see that there is a dark woody and bumpy vine wrapped around a branch of another plant. sites/default/files/invasive_hunters/image_5.jpg 2: This leaf was taken directly off of a branch that had the red berries with the yellow skin. sites/default/files/invasive_hunters/image_6.jpg 3: This branch is covered in berries that fit the description of the berries of the oriental bittersweet. They are a solid red color with a solid yellow skin. One of the problems I ran into was the question of the fact that this was actually the species we're looking for, or a similar one (American bittersweet). After reviewing the data sheet for oriental bittersweet I learned that American bittersweet's berries are clustered at the end of the branch rather than spread across the the branch as a whole. I concluded that this was in fact oriental bittersweet and have provided evidence of the fact that the berries are spread over the entire branch.
species-typha-latifolia-was-found-wonder-women-2013-11-05 Wonder Women Auburn 2013-11-05 14:30:00 Broad-leaved cattail Typha latifolia I think I found it Native sites/default/files/wonder_women/image.jpg sites/default/files/wonder_women/image_2.jpg Auburn Middle School sites/default/files/species_photos/517.jpg sites/default/files/wonder_women/image_3.jpg The width of the leaves are about two cm. sites/default/files/wonder_women/image_4.jpg Broad-leaved cat tails can only grow in water two to three cm deep. sites/default/files/wonder_women/image_5.jpg The stem is about 2.5 meters long. Today our group set out to find cattails for a science project. It was a cold day out, there was no sun and we can hear the cars from a nearby street. We found the cattails, they were in a little ditch with three centimeters of water at the bottom. We didn't know what species these cattails were, after looking at the leaves we decided it was broad-leaved.
species-lythrum-salicaria-was-found-invasive-falcons-2013-11-05 Invasive Falcons Auburn 2013-11-05 14:30:00 Purple loosestrife Lythrum salicaria I think I found it Invasive sites/default/files/invasive_falcons/image.jpg sites/default/files/invasive_falcons/image_10.jpg Auburn Middle School sites/default/files/species_photos/015.jpg sites/default/files/invasive_falcons/image_7.jpg Our research was done in late fall therefore the stem was brown and the leaves were brownish red. The whole plant was around 2 meters tall. sites/default/files/invasive_falcons/image_9.jpg The stem and leaves were brown considering the photo was taken in late Fall. The stem was square shaped and a lot of the leaves were dead. sites/default/files/invasive_falcons/image_8.jpg The top of the loosestrife where the the light brown, dead flower buds were, was about 6 inches tall. We found the purple loosestrife in a wet field by our school parking lot. There were many loosestrife in that area along with many other species of plants. It was deeper in the field hidden by tall grass. The purple loosestrife was also difficult to find because the flowers were not purple. It is Fall therefore the loosestrife blended in with the other surrounding plants. Only in the spring and summer are the purple loosestrife's flowers purple.
species-typha-angustifolia-was-found-species-checkers-2013-11-05 Species Checkers Auburn 2013-11-05 14:30:00 Narrow-leaved cattail Typha angustifolia I think I found it Native sites/default/files/species_checkers/image.jpg sites/default/files/species_checkers/image_4.jpg Auburn Middle School sites/default/files/species_photos/518.jpg sites/default/files/species_checkers/image_8.jpg I think it's the narrow leaved because the male and female are separated by 2 cm. sites/default/files/species_checkers/image_7.jpg The narrowed leaved is about 2m tall. sites/default/files/species_checkers/image_5.jpg The leaves are about 0.5 to 1 cm wide. It was a cool day at Auburn Middle School. The cars were driving in and out of the parking lot, which was all you could hear. There were species all around our species which made it kind of hard to find the narrow leaved cat-tail. I think I found it but could not tell if it was the broad or narrow leaved but I think it was the narrow.
species-celastrus-orbiculatus-was-found-talking-trees-2013-11-05 Talking Trees Auburn 2013-11-05 14:30:00 Oriental bittersweet Celastrus orbiculatus I think I found it Invasive sites/default/files/talking_trees/image.jpg sites/default/files/talking_trees/image_4.jpg Auburn Middle School sites/default/files/species_photos/208.jpg sites/default/files/talking_trees/image_1.jpg They had berries coming off the branches that were bright red with a yellow shells that were shedding off of them. sites/default/files/talking_trees/image_2.jpg The branches are like vines, twisting around, bumpy, and rough. The berries are spread out through the branch, not just clustered at the tips. sites/default/files/talking_trees/image_3.jpg The leaves are an oval type shape with toothed edges. They were dying because of the weather. We went outside to look for an invasive species for the second time. The area around us was developed and open. The sounds of our classmates working and cars driving by was what we heard, the cat tails were all around us in a swampy like area. We then found the Oriental Bittersweet in the mess of cat tails, affecting the species around it. It was mid fall/early November.
species-celastrus-orbiculatus-was-found-three-stooges-2013-11-05 Three Stooges Auburn 2013-11-05 14:30:00 Oriental bittersweet Celastrus orbiculatus I think I found it Invasive sites/default/files/three_stooges/image_0.jpg sites/default/files/three_stooges/image.jpg Auburn Middle School sites/default/files/species_photos/208.jpg sites/default/files/three_stooges/image_1.jpg The berries are the same color as the vital signs description. sites/default/files/three_stooges/image_2.jpg The leaves have the same edging " Alternate, simple, oval, toothed" as vital signs. Also the size is estimated at the same measurement as the vital signs evidence photo. sites/default/files/three_stooges/image_3.jpg The leaves are the same shape and size and color.The stem is twisted together.The texture is rough and bumpy.The berries are bright orange with a yellow skin and are dispersed along the vine. I'm happy because I found the species I was looking for. What I saw while I was collecting data were cars, tar, trees, people working and our school. What I heard were cars driving by, people talking and birds. I could smell fresh air, pine and car exhaust. I'm surprised that there are still leaves on the bush at this time of year. Questions that came up while doing this were, knowing what to find and to find out the measurement of the species.
species-celastrus-orbiculatus-was-found-scientific-falcons-2013-11-05 Scientific Falcons Auburn 2013-11-05 14:30:00 Oriental bittersweet Celastrus orbiculatus I think I found it Invasive sites/default/files/scientific_falcons/image.jpg sites/default/files/scientific_falcons/image_4.jpg Auburn Middle School sites/default/files/species_photos/208.jpg sites/default/files/scientific_falcons/image_2.jpg Leaves alternate on branch. They are simple type with an oval shape. They also have toothed edges. sites/default/files/scientific_falcons/image_1.jpg Stem is very twisty, with little thorns. Almost overtaking all the other plants around it. sites/default/files/scientific_falcons/image_5.jpg It has little red berries with little yellow skins and they are in big clusters all along the vine. We hear cars going by, and kids playing out at recess. It's partly cloudy overhead but still really sunny. There was so much oriental bittersweet it was taking over all the plants and species around it.
species-operophtera-spp-was-found-flannel-kangaroos-2013-11-05 flannel kangaroos Auburn 2013-11-05 14:30:00 winter moth Operophtera spp. I think I found it Invasive sites/default/files/flannel_kangaroos/image.jpg sites/default/files/flannel_kangaroos/image_1.jpg Auburn Middle School sites/default/files/species_photos/winter_moth_reference_photo_101912.jpg sites/default/files/flannel_kangaroos/image_0.jpg It was a nice, cold and crisp Autumn day. The group was happy to go outside and take their minds off of the work that was to come. The air was fresh, good for the brain, and it smelled liked car exhaust. We could hear the birds chirping, the cars going by, the crinkle of the dead leaves when someone stepped on them, the whisper of the wind as it tickled the leaves that were still in the trees. The group was digging with spoons, sticks, rocks, anything we could find, really, even though we brought out plenty of spoons. We dug at bases of trees. One person in our group said that she found something. The group went over. It was a small, almost two centimeters long (as we later found out,) brown pupa. We took it inside, and examined it more. Is it the winter moth? sites/default/files/flannel_kangaroos/image_5.jpg The winter moth larvae bury themselves in the soil in middle to late June, and crawl up as a moth around November-January. It was October at the time that we found the creature, so if we could've kept it alive, we could have seen what it would hatch into. The larvae in the pupa stage is around two centimeters long, and a dark brown to a light brown color. The one that we got was a dark brown, and after a few days of having it in a little container, it wiggled around. In this picture, the winter moth pupa is compared to the eraser and the metal part of a pencil.
species-lythrum-salicaria-was-found-mega-eyes-2013-11-05 Mega Eyes Auburn 2013-11-05 14:30:00 Purple loosestrife Lythrum salicaria I think I found it Invasive sites/default/files/mega_eyes/image_0.jpg sites/default/files/mega_eyes/image_1.jpg Auburn Middle School sites/default/files/species_photos/015.jpg sites/default/files/mega_eyes/image_2.jpg Leaves are about 4 inches, red and green, thin and long. The sprout out of the stem 2 by 2. sites/default/files/mega_eyes/image_3.jpg The plant is about 2-3 feet (2 meters) tall. With leaves in rows of 2. sites/default/files/mega_eyes/image_5.jpg The stem is square, kinda fussy with little hairs. It is a mixture of red and green. I think I found the purple loosestrife. I found it in a wet land area behind the parking lot. I found something that I thought was the purple loosestrife. I did some more research because it didn't fit the explanation exactly. I found out it wasn't it. I kept looking and found the real purple loosestrife.
species-pinus-strobus-was-found-bat-kids-teen-titans-2013-11-05 Bat Kids of Teen Titans Auburn 2013-11-05 14:30:00 White pine Pinus strobus I think I found it Native sites/default/files/bat_kids_of_teen_titans/image.jpg sites/default/files/bat_kids_of_teen_titans/image_3.jpg Auburn Middle School sites/default/files/species_photos/700.jpg sites/default/files/bat_kids_of_teen_titans/image_1.jpg The tree is about 30 meters tall, and is old with thick reddish brown bark. sites/default/files/bat_kids_of_teen_titans/image_0.jpg Needles are in a group of 5, about 7 centimeters long. sites/default/files/bat_kids_of_teen_titans/image_2.jpg Needles are in an alternative pattern. I am super happy because I went outside to do my study. The weather was kind of cold but it was not that bad. The things I heard was car engines and laughing kids. I was happy to find the native species I was looking for. I smell the nature and the engine of cars. I see kids looking like scientist out side studying their missions and I see dead leaves and trees. I enjoyed going outside!
species-lythrum-salicaria-was-found-biodiversity-blues-2013-11-05 Biodiversity Blues Auburn 2013-11-05 14:30:00 Purple loosestrife Lythrum salicaria I think I found it Invasive sites/default/files/biodiversity_blues/image.jpg sites/default/files/biodiversity_blues/image_6.jpg Auburn Middle School sites/default/files/species_photos/015.jpg sites/default/files/biodiversity_blues/image_7.jpg The leaves are dark reddish in the fall and winter. sites/default/files/biodiversity_blues/image_8.jpg The stem is square and the leaves alternate on the stem. sites/default/files/biodiversity_blues/image_9.jpg The leaves are 4-10 inches long. It was a cold day in late fall when we went outside. The purple loosestrife was found in a dry field. Only 4 different species were found around it, probably a result of the invasive species.
species-lythrum-salicaria-was-found-single-tree-ladies-2013-11-05 Single Tree Ladies Auburn 2013-11-05 14:30:00 Purple loosestrife Lythrum salicaria I think I found it Invasive sites/default/files/single_tree_ladies/image_9.jpg sites/default/files/single_tree_ladies/image_11.jpg Auburn Middle School sites/default/files/species_photos/015.jpg sites/default/files/single_tree_ladies/image_14.jpg Picture shows a size comparison towards it being able to grow up to 10 centimeters next to a average thumb. sites/default/files/single_tree_ladies/image_15.jpg Showing that this plant can grow up to 2 meters tall and also showing that this is commonly found near other tall grasses. sites/default/files/single_tree_ladies/image_16.jpg Showing that the Purple Loosestrife turns a darkish purple in the fall with no flowers also the leaves are alternating along the steam with the oval shape the leaves make. Mission purple loostrife : How it affects biodiversity. What we hear, see, and smell around us Hear: cars going by and leaves crunching from other people walking around. Smell: crisp fall air and moist dirt also trees blowing in the wind. See: the Purple Loostrife is slowly turning into purple which is it's natural color in the fall and winter. Also no flowers with bare stems near the bottom but the stem keeps it's square shape with many small hairs around the whole thing. This specific plant is about 2 ft tall. On the edge of a small wetland. Also beneath a pine tree. Seems to be planted in more of a muddy area then plain dry soil. Also good chance to be surrounded by native species. Mostly by taller grass or overgrown. Also the two plants may look different due to one location getting more sunlight then the other. The species around it are Oriental Bittersweet and two other plants that we don't have a name for but we did photograph them.
species-lythrum-salicaria-was-found-species-finders-2013-11-05 Species Finders Auburn 2013-11-05 14:30:00 Purple loosestrife Lythrum salicaria I think I found it Invasive sites/default/files/species_finders/image_7.jpg sites/default/files/species_finders/image_9.jpg Auburn Middle School sites/default/files/species_photos/015.jpg sites/default/files/species_finders/image_0.jpg The shape of the stem on the purple loosestrife is square; unlike most plants that are circular. sites/default/files/species_finders/image_1.jpg Most leaves are 4in long and shows colors green, red, and purple and is shaped like a spade of a sort. sites/default/files/species_finders/image_2.jpg The stem is covered in small hairs/fur you can't really see it in the picture but if you we to feel it you would notice. We are happy because we have evidence to prove that we found purple loosestrife. A problem we ran into was we thought we found purple loosestrife so we did a bunch of work on it and we soon discovered it wasn't the right species so we had to find the real purple loosestrife and start all of our work over. Some of the smells we noticed were mud, leaves, bark, trees, and dirt. We were surprised how hard it was to identify purple loosestrife.
species-asclepias-syriaca-was-found-bestteam13-2013-10-31 BESTTEAM13 Cape Elizabeth Maine 2013-10-31 17:37:00 Milkweed Asclepias syriaca I think I found it Native sites/default/files/bestteam13/image.jpg sites/default/files/bestteam13/image_0.jpg CEMS CAMPUS sites/default/files/species_photos/729.jpg sites/default/files/bestteam13/image_1.jpg In this photo the Milkweed is in pod form with tiny prickly sides. It has soft hairy seeds as they ripen, as said on the id sheet. The seeds will eventually leave the pod and be strewn throughout the field as the weather becomes colder. This is because the milkweed is reseeding for next year. sites/default/files/bestteam13/image_2.jpg This is Common Milkweed because the leaves on the plant are whorled in arrangement and are simple oval shaped. They have a smooth edge. The leaf In this photo is 13 cm long. The average leaf length of a Common Milkweed is anywhere from 7-25 cm long. We also know that it is Milkweed because the leaves are sticking out of the stem of the plant. This is because Common Milkweed doesn't have branches. sites/default/files/bestteam13/image_3.jpg This is Common Milkweed because of the Stem length and width. The stem is tall and a light green color. The stem grows to about 1.5 meters and has no branches. In this photo, this Milkweed is a little above 1 meter. The thickness is about 4cm. These are all characteristics of the Common Milkweed. Field notes- We feel the cool October air breeze by us. We see the large pods still on the plant. I also see leaves scattered across the ground, all shriveled and brown. We were in a non-developed area that was surrounded by a developed area. The area around us was developed because there were mowed fields and houses. I am surprised that I found the plant in its pod form, considering we looked in October and according to the id sheet the flower season is in late summer and into early fall.
species-cancer-borealis-was-found-extra-2013-10-30 Extra Falmouth 2013-10-30 17:10:00 Jonah crab Cancer borealis I think I found it Native sites/default/files/extra/img_0108.jpg sites/default/files/extra/img_0107.jpg Town Landing sites/default/files/species_photos/617.jpg sites/default/files/extra/img_0105.jpg In this photo, we knew we had found the cooked, dead carapace because of its oval carapace. sites/default/files/extra/img_0106_0.jpg Another feature that we noticed was 8-10 rounded spines on each side of the eyes, this was evidence that we were already looking for, so that helped a lot. sites/default/files/extra/img_0109.jpg We didn't end up getting a photo, but when we searched around outside of the Quadrat we ended up finding another carapace of the Jonah crab, although this time is hadn't been cooked so it was a purplish brown color. The Jonah crab was very difficult to find, because the only ones that we discovered were the dead carapaces.
species-hemigrapsus-sanguineus-was-found-wonder-pets-2013-10-30 Wonder Pets Falmouth 2013-10-30 17:10:00 Asian shore crab Hemigrapsus sanguineus I think I found it Invasive sites/default/files/wonder_pets/img_0500.jpg sites/default/files/wonder_pets/img_0498.jpg Town Landing sites/default/files/species_photos/106.jpg sites/default/files/wonder_pets/img_0469.jpg On the crab we found, it had a square/box shell which resembles an Asian shore Crab. sites/default/files/wonder_pets/img_0473.jpg We found that that the Crab had light and dark banding patterns on its legs which also resembles an Asian shore crab. sites/default/files/wonder_pets/img_0473_0.jpg The crab we found had 3 spines after each side of the carapace as opposed to the Green Crab which is similar looking but has 5 spines on each side of the carapace. We found many different types of species such as the Green crab, Jonah crab, Hermit crab, Rock Weed and the Asian Shore crab. We are located on a rocky area along the Ocean water. The seaweed is everywhere. Crabs are being found under rocks, in seaweed, in the water and even just on the ground by the shore line. If you were to find the Asian Shore crab like we did; It has a big impact on the ecosystem of the body of water found it is in. The Asian Shore Crab kills and eats the other species living in that ecosystem.
species-celastrus-orbiculatus-was-found-jadealex-2013-10-30 JadeAlex Biddeford 2013-10-30 15:52:00 Oriental bittersweet Celastrus orbiculatus I think I found it Invasive sites/default/files/jadealex/image.jpg sites/default/files/jadealex/image_4.jpg Biddeford HS sites/default/files/species_photos/208.jpg sites/default/files/jadealex/image_1.jpg The vine stems were present and wrapped around the fences wire. sites/default/files/jadealex/image_2.jpg The vine stems were the specified widths. sites/default/files/jadealex/image_3.jpg There was a lot of the red berries with the yellow skins. We saw a bunch of vines, berries and other plant life. We smelt the dirt and heard the wind and sounds of the construction. We are happy we were looking for the Japanese knotweed and found it. We were surprised to find the vines with the berries but not the leaves. The leaves had fallen off the plant, we had a hard time finding the berries and plant because of this. The vines or stems where wrapped around everything and anything they could. The vines we found fit the specified width of the vines in the picture we where looking at. There where a lot of berries on the vine with the yellow skins on them.
species-celastrus-orbiculatus-was-not-found-pelwel-2013-10-30 Pelwel Biddeford 2013-10-30 15:16:00 Asian bittersweet Celastrus orbiculatus I think I did not find it Invasive sites/default/files/pelwel/image.jpg sites/default/files/pelwel/image_1.jpg Biddeford High School sites/default/files/species_photos/208.jpg sites/default/files/pelwel/image_2.jpg Evidence 1: The leaves are placed on either side of each other and the identification cardof the plant says that it is alternate of each other. They were not staggered, they whereat the same spot on either side of the leaf, every inch and a half apart. sites/default/files/pelwel/image_3.jpg Evidence 2: There are no berries on the plant or any berries on the ground near it. The Asian bittersweet plant has red berries on it that stay on the majority of the time. The plant we examined had no sign of having berries. Therefore it ins not an Asian Bittersweet plant. sites/default/files/pelwel/image_4.jpg Evidence 3: The color of the leaf does not match the color given in the ID card. The leaves are a reddish green color. The Asian Bittersweet leaves stay green throughout the year. Therefore it is not a Asian Bittersweet plant. We were outside, we could hear the train going down the track. It was a chilly day outside only being 41 degrees with no wind. All the leaves change colors and are falling down.
species-rosa-multiflora-was-found-scientific-unicorns-2013-10-29 Scientific Unicorns South Portland 2013-10-29 18:59:00 Multiflora rose Rosa multiflora I think I found it Invasive sites/default/files/scientific_unicorns/image.jpg sites/default/files/scientific_unicorns/image_1.jpg Trout Brook sites/default/files/species_photos/201.jpg sites/default/files/scientific_unicorns/image_2.jpg Each stem has seven leaves sites/default/files/scientific_unicorns/image_3.jpg The leaves are toothed sites/default/files/scientific_unicorns/image_4.jpg Each stem has thorns on the ends I am happy because we found rosa multiflora. I hear kids playing at the playground nearby. I smell gas from the cars. It's very chilly. I was surprised, because the plant was very thorny.
species-fallopia-japonica-was-not-found-fear-beards-2013-10-29 Fear the Beards South Portland 2013-10-29 18:59:00 Japanese knotweed Fallopia japonica I think I did not find it Invasive sites/default/files/fear_the_beards/image.jpg sites/default/files/fear_the_beards/image_3.jpg Trout Brook sites/default/files/species_photos/210.jpg sites/default/files/fear_the_beards/image_1.jpg We know that it is not Japanese knotweed because it is a type of berry but we weren't able to find out the species name. We know that it is some type of berry because of it color and stem. sites/default/files/fear_the_beards/image_2.jpg We can clearly show that it doesn't have the flowers like the Japanese knotweed that only has those flowers when it is In the fall. Also they were not thin and had a feel of knotweed with a very fragile make up. It was a cloudy overcast day in Mill Creek Park. The class was exploring different species of plants and were trying to find Japanese knotweed in general but everyone didn't find any. Our teams quadrant was set up by trout brook in mill creek and with a bunch of other native and non native species.