Native SpeciesWild carrot

Daucus carota
FOUND by The Adventurers
Cape Elizabeth Maine
ID Confirmed
Quality checked by The Adventurers
Peer reviewed by The Sour Patch Trio
Field Notes
When we went on the mission, it was October meaning it was very cold. So cold, in fact, we could see our breath. Though it was really cold, the sun was shining brightly. Most of the plants were dormant, meaning they were brown, crunchy and their leaves had fallen off. This made it harder to identify things because most of the photos and information on the ID card were ones of the plant in the spring or summer, and there was a lot of information about the leaves. Leaf info was useless because all the leaves were dead and had fallen off. There was however, a photo of what Queen Anne’s Lace looked like in the fall, so that’s what we went by. In the area we were in, there was Queen Anne’s Lace everywhere. We randomly placed our meter stick box, and inside it was lots Queen Anne’s Lace. Though we did expect to find it, because it is common in Cape Elizabeth, we didn’t expect so much of it.
Supporting Evidence
Photo of my evidence.
On the identification card, Queen Anne’s Lace in the fall and winter is described as being like a bird’s nest. In this picture, from the top and the side, it is clear that the bloom has the same general shape and color as a bird’s nest.
Photo of my evidence.
The stem of our plant was long, skinny, and brown. The picture in the “seasonal change” section of the I.D card confirms this is true.
Photo of my evidence.
Queen Anne’s Lace can grow up to around 1 meter tall and In this picture, the tallest bloom is about 5-6 centimeters taller than the meter stick.
Species Observation: Species Looked For
Did you find it?: 
I think I found it
Scientific name:
Daucus carota
Common name:
Wild carrot
Sampling method: 
Quadrat (randomized- placement)
Photo of our sampling method.
Place Studied
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N 43.593312 °
W -70.231739 °
Observation Site Information
A photo of our study site.
Upland - Developed areas
Trip Information
Cape Elizabeth Middle School
Trip date: 
Mon, 2011-10-17 (All day)
Town or city: 
Cape Elizabeth Maine
Type of investigation: 
Species Survey


Your Evidence #1 photo caught my eye! I'm so glad I clicked on your observation. Your evidence is really well presented.

I agree with you that the VS species cards aren't terribly useful this time of year, and you need to do a lot of imagining about what these species look like after their leaves fall and flowers shrivel and stems turn brown. Some of your photos would actually make a really great WINTER ID card for Vital Signs. Your team should author an ID card. Check it out!