Participants rock the ID cards

    Have you seen the VS species ID cards library lately? For years we had been dreaming of the day when all of our ID card photos and content would be generated by VS participants. We took a first big leap towards that big dream this summer.
    36 cards were updated or built from scratch
    37 VS participants now have their photos on ID cards (61 new photos total)
    14 schools are now noted on species cards for their contributions

Ruthie Hawley, our master intern from Colby College, made these updates happen. This summer she searched the database to find appropriate photos for each species, and updated text as necessary (whenever we see misidentifications happen, we try to figure out how to improve the ID cards to be more helpful).

These cards provide a much improved resource for identification, and represent the statewide Vital Signs effort. Some cards, like Japanese knotweed, now have photos from students in southern Maine, central Maine, AND northern Maine all on one card! How cool is that?


If you're planning to look for these species this fall, please use these new cards to make sure you have the best ID resource available to make your claim and build your evidence! ...and please leave a comment for these participants to thank them for their contribution to ensuring great data quality!

There'll be more card updates coming soon, so please keep publishing great evidence photos!

      orange sheath tunicate, Botrylloides violaceus
      photos contributed by C21 (Falmouth MS) and seasaw (Falmouth MS)

      green crab, Carcinus maenas
      photos contributed by cjt (Biddeford HS) and Julia Beatty (Yarmouth HS)

      Asian shore crab, Hemigrapsus sanguineus
      photos contributed by Team Rocket! (Falmouth MS), Rock3 (Loranger MS), and MSK CV (Middle School of the Kennebunks)

      Knotted wrack, Ascophyllum nodosum
      photos contributed by Rock3 (Loranger MS), Phe Coast (Falmouth MS), Neon Replay (Falmouth MS)

      Bladder wrack, Fucus vesiculosus
      photos contributed by 029 and 047 (Falmouth MS)

      Common periwinkle, Littorina littorea
      photos contributed by msk_beach_FM2 (Middle School of the Kennebunks)

      Smooth periwinkle, Littorina obtusata
      photos contributed by manyeyes

      Rough periwinkle, Littorina saxatilis
      photos contributed by GMRIAdventureClub

      American lobster, Homarus americanus
      photos contributed by ibla (Vinalhaven School), MSK_LL (Middle School of the Kennebunks)
      sketch contributed by G. Nisbet (King MS)


      Japanese knotweed, Fallopia japonica
      photos contributed by 51JD71 (Massabesic MS), potassium (James F Doughty MS), and shamcd16 (Madawaska MS)

      Giant knotweed, Fallopia sachalinensis
      photos contributed by gbh

      Lupine, Lupinus polyphyllus
      photos contributed by parkway5 (Camden-Rockport MS), Bluehillgardener, Lamontagne (Biddeford HS), and bandl1663 (Madawaska MS)

      Common reed, Phragmites australis
      photos contributed by Ruth Maclean (King MS) and 031 (Falmouth MS)

      Japanese beetle, Popillia japonica
      content and photos contID cardributed by 7HW2 (Massabesic MS)

      Cow parsnip, Heracleum maximum
      photos contributed by LeafPeeper

      Multiflora rose, Rosa multiflora
      photos contributed by TimSeed (Waynflete Lower School), invasive upland (Loranger MS), HadwinRachelBradley (Hebron Academy), manyeyes

      Black swallowwort, Cynanchum louiseae
      photos contributed by gbh

      Bittersweet nightshade, Solanum dulcamara

      photos contributed by nightshade2 (Cape Elizabeth MS)


      Variable watermilfoil, Myriophyllum heterophyllum
      photos contributed by rchawley, the Wild Carrot

      Little floating heart, Nymphoides cordata
      photos contributed by EyesOnTheWater

      Spatterdock, Nuphar variegata
      photos contributed by EyesOnTheWater