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SPECIES INVENTORY Project



species inventory
Project goals:
·       Gain experience in field studies
·       create a species inventory of the nearby ravine
·       make a map illustrating the location of plant species
·       create a dichotomous key of the ravine plants
·       identify plants as native, or introduced.
·       Note the abiotic conditions
·       Present the project as a report. 
·       Make a recommendation on how the ravine can be improved based on your observations and insights
Scope:  Create a report consisting of a stapled book, in colour, 11” by 17”.  The book has the following 6 pages:
1.   CREATE A TITLE PAGE:   a photo of the study area and a picture of your group members with names
2.   CREATE A  MAP OF YOUR STUDY AREA:  Use google map to make a scale diagram of the AREA showing an arial map of the area.  Calculate the length of the path using google map.  Visit the area and measure the length of the path and mark off areas.  The length you measure ought to correspond to the calculated length. 
3.     MAP YOUR SECTION :  In your transect, make the following
a.     Classify what you find there: Make a species list including photo and the correct taxonomical name:  (Binomial Latin name: Genus species). 
b.     Observe and report any evidence of animal life in your area:
                                      i.     Indirect: scats, nests, bones, feathers
                                     ii.     direct: hearing bird calls, seeing animals
c.     Take a soil sample and observe and identify what you find under a microscope.
d.     Make an overhead map of the location of the species, colour – coded.
e.     Draw one cross section of your area and indicate where you did this on the map. 
f.      Draw or photograph at least 5 eye level views of your area
g.     Make a Personal Experience and Perception diagram indicating the perceptual qualities of this site at different times of day
4.     Create a dichotomous key of your area. 
5.     Write a one page report
a.     Write some field notes of interest at your site.  What was interesting at your site?
b.     Suggest possible species interaction at your site.  Give evidence of your conclusions. 
c.     Make a recommendation of what you would do if you were in charge of the park
d.     Give reasons for your recommendations
e.     Include field notes of interest


EVALUATION:                                                                        SCORING
Create a report consisting of                                                                                                                            3
  • a stapled book
  • in colour
  • dimensions 11 by 17. 
                                                                                         
CREATE A TITLE PAGE
  • photograph of the area, include a photo of your group members                                                   2

CREATE A  MAP OF THE ENTIRE AREA, INDICATE THE LOCATION OF YOUR SECTION:
  • a labeled map is to scale and generated from google map or other mapping program                          5
  • 1 mark deducted for each of:  no label, not to scale, or appearing rushed and unfinished

MAP YOUR SECTION :  In your transect, make the following observations
a.     Make a species list including photo and the correct taxonomical name: 
include a minimum of at least 10 species                                                                                              20
b.     Observe and report any evidence of animal life in your area:                                                                      10
                                                        i.     Indirect: scats, nests, bones, feathers: photograph these.
                                                       ii.     Direct: observe the sound or sight of animals, including insects     
c.      Take a soil sample and examine under the microscope:  observe at least 5 items
For each item, do the following:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              15
                                                        i.     Draw:  Careful drawings not rushed.  Points deducted for rushed work
                                                       ii.     Measure:  accurate measurements
                                                      iii.     Identify:  correct identification.  Points deducted for errors.
d.     Make an overhead map of the location of the species, colour – coded with a legend                                20
e.     Draw one cross section of your area and indicate where you did this on the map.                          10
f.      Draw or photograph
                                                        i.     at least 5 eye level views of your area.                                                       5
                                                       ii.      Indicate where these are on your map                                                      5
g.     Make a Personal Experience and Perception diagram indicating the perceptual qualities of this site          5
Create a dichotomous key of your area.  Include at least 10 plants.
The key ought to be easy to use so test it on someone                                                                                   25
Write a one page report
a.     Write some field notes of interest at your site.  What was interesting at your site?
b.     Suggest possible species interaction at your site.  Give evidence of your conclusions. 
c.     Make a recommendation of what you would do if you were in charge of the area
d.     Give reasons for your recommendations                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       15
h.     Work Cited.                                                                                                                                    10
           
i.      Hand in your field notes.                                                                                                                5

TOTAL                                                                                                                 155

Useful links:
Identifying culturally modified trees:  we found a possible CMT.  Let’s see what it is.
Vancouver peat areas:  A realtor posted this map of historical wetlands and streams.  I’m more interested in this as an ecologist, but he thought that it was significant from a real estate perspective!