APES Summer Assignment. Study Site Project. Your Task. Mark off a study site in your neighborhood/backyard and create a detailed nature journal that describes the environment. At least 30 days of journal entries.
Study Site Project
Are the leaves of the plant simple or compound?
Is the bark of the tree smooth? Is there a pattern?
Does the mushroom
Grow on the ground
or on wood?
Where is the bird
foraging for food?
In the trees or on
The leaves are shiny and green on top. They are dull and light green on the bottom. The leaf positions on the stem are opposite. The leaf veins are pinnate and they curve toward the edges of the leaf. The fruits are clusters of 2-4 small red berries.
This shrub has compound leaves with 13 leaflets. The leaf stem has ‘wings’. There is a cluster of red berries at the end of each branch.
This shrub has woody stems and thick, waxy, simple leaves. The leaves are dark green and about 3 inches long. They have smooth edges. The leaf veins are pinnate. When crushed, the leaves smell perfumed, like a scented candle.
Fern leafed false foxglove
This wild flower is yellow and cup shaped. There are many small leaves along the stem that look feathery. The flowers are at the end of the stem. The branches are brown and the leaf stem is greenish yellow.
Use this website to help identify wildflowers
Sweet Rocket (Dame’s Rocket)
This purple wildflower has 4 petals. Each plant is 1-2 feet tall. The stems are hairy and there are multiple flowers on each stem. The leaves are opposite. The leaves are long and narrow shaped and they are alternate on the leaf stem.
Purple colored mushroom cap. Gills and cap are brittle and it has a simple stem. The mushroom released purple-black spores.
Use this website. It has a great visual key and an easy key to help identify classes of mushrooms.
A white wading bird with long black legs and yellow feet. A black bill and yellow markings around the eyes.
Use these websites to identify birds commonly seen in Georgia.
Water Snake- I am not sure about the identity of this snake. Based on the markings it could be a young ‘northern water snake’. I do not recommend picking up snakes!
Salamander (not sure which kind)
It has a brown body. The skin is wet and slimy and it lives in fresh water. It has a laterally compressed tail with black spots.
Red Spotted Newt
Bright orange body with red spots along the sides of the body. Found in the grass, not in the water. Skin was not slimy. About 4-5 inches long.