Native SpeciesPaper birch

Betula papyrifera
FOUND by hobbitkayla
Swans Island
ID Questioned
Quality checked by Sarah S
Peer reviewed by Jordan H
Field Notes
I am happy because I think I have a birch.
Supporting Evidence
Photo of my evidence.
The leaves have small teeth around the edges.
Photo of my evidence.
The bark does not peal like a normal birch. Also it doesn't have the black stripes.
Photo of my evidence.
The leaves are opposite.
Species Observation: Species Looked For
Did you find it?: 
I think I found it
Scientific name:
Betula papyrifera
Common name:
Paper birch
Sampling method: 
Time search
Photo of our sampling method.
Place Studied
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N 44.182004 °
W -68.417664 °
Observation Site Information
A photo of our study site.
Upland - Forest
Trip Information
behind playgroung
Trip date: 
Tue, 2017-10-10 14:00
Town or city: 
Swans Island
Type of investigation: 
Species Survey
Eastern Coastal


I think you most likely have a paper birch however your photo captions confuse me. Maybe you could clear some things up for me.

You mention the bark doesn't peel like a "normal" birch, and yet the bark of paper birch is usually quiet "peely". There are other birches that don't peel, like grey birch, but their leaves look like triangles.
The caption says the bark "doesn't have black stripes" but your photo does, and paper birches do as well.
You mention that the leaves are opposite; that's difficult to tell from the third photo and I'm a bit confused because birches have alternate leaves.

I'm so glad you and your class got out and did some searching!

p.s. I love your screen name, Hobbitkayla!