Native SpeciesMeadow rose

Rosa blanda
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Field Notes
It was November 9th, 2018. Our whole period four class went outside at around 11:10. It was 47°F, in between needing a coat and only needing a sweatshirt. It was windy and we could hear birds in the trees as our group walked along the trail our eyes scanned for any sign of red berries. We saw something red hiding in the bush, but after we determined it was not what we were looking for we moved on. Before we got to the middle of the trail we saw a spot of red hiding in the tall grass to the side of the trail, but no, it was only a cardinal. When we reached the middle of the trail, we could see the whole pond in front of us and the highway behind us, only a wire fence protected us from the cars whooshing by. The ground was made of medium to small rocks sticking at strange angles from the ground, held in by bits of concrete, it was very uneven. On the slope down to the plant, the water lay about 62 cm below where the other two were standing. One of us tossed the quadrat over the plant. It was hard to do because of all the thorns and branches around the plant. When we got the quadrat on, we collected samples of the other things. We found dead leaves from the small, almost bare birch tree to the left outside the quadrat. It had about five completely brown leaves left. There was some tall brown flopping grass stuck in the ground, some plants with fuzz instead of flowers. Most plants in the meter were only sticks in the ground because of all the rain and cold. We found few insects, although there was a woolly bear caterpillar toward the front of the quadrat.
Supporting Evidence
Photo of my evidence.
One reason we think that we did not find the Meadow Rose was that the rose hips had thorns and only the Alberta Rose has thorns on rose hips. The Alberta Rose is invasive to Maine. We think it is the Alberta rose because the rose hip was round and ½ cm long.
Photo of my evidence.
On the meadow rose there aren’t supposed to be any thorns on the hip, but on this plant, there were a lot of 1 cm long thorns. The Alberta Rose has thorns on the hips that are 1 cm long.
Photo of my evidence.
Another reason why we think that we did not find the Meadow Rose but did find the Alberta Rose is because of the location of the rose. The Alberta Rose usually grows around wet areas and we found the rose right next to the pond.
Species Observation: Species Looked For
Did you find it?: 
I think I did not find it
Scientific name:
Rosa blanda
Common name:
Meadow rose
Sampling method: 
Quadrat (randomized- placement)
Photo of our sampling method.
Place Studied
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N 43.864893 °
W -70.105928 °
Observation Site Information
A photo of our study site.
Upland - Developed areas
Trip Information
Freeport Middle School Pond
Trip date: 
Fri, 2018-11-09 19:14
Town or city: 
Type of investigation: 
Species and Habitat Survey
Habitat Observations
Species diversity: 
9 different species
Evidence of vectors: 
Paved road
Walking trail
Tree canopy cover: 
Open to 1/4 covered
Soil moisture: 
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