Native SpeciesPaper birch

Betula papyrifera
FOUND by The Group Junior
South Portland
ID Questioned
Quality checked by Pink dolphins
Peer reviewed by Mr gelman
Field Notes
10/31/14. Field notes. (Birch tree.) It was 49 degrees and cloudy, overcast outside and we were in the small woods out in the back of our schools and we could see people's houses and there were tons of leaves where we were. We were using my iPad to take pictures of all the stuff we needed to collect for our assignment. We had seen many drawings with marker and pen and crayon on the birch tree also known as the Betula papyrifera. We had also named our birch tree. His name was now Berry the Birch tree. He had tree roots like you have never seen before. It was easy for us to identify because it was a common tree that you can see here in Maine. With all the bare branches on the tree my partner and I picked up one of the leaves to get a clear picture for our assignment. Then we started to pick up and leave the woods, and we went inside and packed up.
A sketch of our study site.
Supporting Evidence
Photo of my evidence.
1.The little strings of bark coming off of the tree.
Photo of my evidence.
The leave is oval shaped has little rigged edges and a little point on the end.
Photo of my evidence.
3. In the fall the tree lost a lot of its leavs
Species Observation: Species Looked For
Did you find it?: 
I think I found it
Scientific name:
Betula papyrifera
Common name:
Paper birch
Sampling method: 
Just looking around
Photo of our sampling method.
Place Studied
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N 43.625310 °
W -70.303580 °
Observation Site Information
A photo of our study site.
Upland - Developed areas
Trip Information
Memorial Trail
Trip date: 
Fri, 2014-10-31 09:15
Town or city: 
South Portland
Type of investigation: 
Species Survey


Hi Group Junior! Great pics. The tree you have identified is indeed paper birch. However, the reason that I can't confirm it yet is because the leaf you included in the photo is not from a paper birch tree, it is from an aspen tree. Be careful picking up leaves from the ground because they get blown around and can come from any tree. The leaves from a paper birch are more elongated. Research the leaves and see if you can find a paper birch leaf pic to include in your field notes.