Native SpeciesBalsam fir

Abies balsamea
FOUND by rosiekgriffith
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Field Notes
Do we count stumps? Other needles from other species were present at the base of our sample. Found 3 (abundance of)Balsam Fir.
A sketch of our study site.
Supporting Evidence
Photo of my evidence.
Compared bark to bark on ID cards. Bark is smooth & grey. Twigs are stiff.
Photo of my evidence.
Twigs found at the base of the sample. Compared these to needles of nearby trees. Needles are flat, approximately 3 cm long & have 2 white stripes on the underside. Needles were attached to the twig like suction cups.
Species Observation: Species Looked For
Did you find it?: 
I think I found it
Scientific name:
Abies balsamea
Common name:
Balsam fir
Count of individuals: 
Less than 1/4 covered
Sampling method: 
Photo of our sampling method.
Place Studied
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N 44.707318 °
W -67.455036 °
Observation Site Information
A photo of our study site.
Upland - Forest
Trip Information
UMM Outback Trail
Trip date: 
Fri, 2017-04-28 13:00
Town or city: 
Type of investigation: 
Species and Habitat Survey
Eastern Coastal
Habitat Observations
Species diversity: 
2 different species
Evidence of vectors: 
Walking trail
Tree canopy cover: 
Between 1/2 and 3/4
Soil moisture: 


Great evidence photos. What characteristics did you use to tell this apart from eastern hemlock?

Great scientific observation skills :)


At first glance, the needles seemed similar. But upon closer inspection, I noticed that the balsam needles had the suction cup needles and were a little flatter-looking. The bark also was different in that the hemlock had what looked like large scales and the balsam was more of a flat gray bark.

Thanks for commenting!

Your sketch shows that you were looking really closely. Nice work!


Thank you! I didn't realize to sketch until we were back in the classroom!