Invasive Species B/C

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Re: Invasive Species B/C

Postby maxxxxx » January 12th, 2017, 4:40 pm

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ellesbelles wrote:I'm having trouble identifying common reed and giant reed since they look very alike. Does anyone have any tips or tricks to help distinguish more close up pictures?


I find the main difference being in the stalks. Giant reed has very distinguished leaf grow pattern things (idk how to describe it, lol), and has blobby seeds/flowers. Common reed, on the other hand, usually grows in water, and has more fanlike seeds/flowers.

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Re: Invasive Species B/C

Postby John Richardsim » January 14th, 2017, 6:58 am

It happened last night. My first dream with invasives. Was trying to walk past a pond but there was a mute swan and it had cygnets so it was really aggressive. Thankfully since it was a dream simply fighting it as I went around was a perfectly fine option.
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Re: Invasive Species B/C

Postby Piggy » January 19th, 2017, 7:46 pm

QuantumTech wrote:Also how do you guys differentiate between Japanese Stiltgrass and Water Spinach. For the first practice exam under Invasive Species created by Piggy, Station 16 is identified as water spinach in the answer key but I identified it as japanese stiltgrass... Am I correct or is there something that distinguishes water spinach from japanese stiltgrass?

Jaol wrote:The shape of the leaf is wider at the base for Water Spinach, however, Stilt grasses leaves are more elongate it seems. If it makes you feel better, I would have prob gotten it wrong too. I mean... it is on the ground. Just now I realized that, Water Spinach can be grown on the ground. My guess is it prefers similar,wet environments like Stiltgrass however.


Sorry about that, I'm pretty sure it's water spinach though (although my source for the image is kind of shady). We've been growing water spinach in the ground for few years now because they're pretty easy to maintain by just watering them a lot and they grow very quickly. I just learned from doing this event that it's an invasive species.

Also, how do y'all usually divide the binder/species up? I use many-tab dividers but they take up an enormous amount of room in the binder and I can't use sheet protectors because then the species information extends beyond the tabs/dividers.

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Re: Invasive Species B/C

Postby JasperKota » January 20th, 2017, 6:35 am

Piggy wrote:Also, how do y'all usually divide the binder/species up? I use many-tab dividers but they take up an enormous amount of room in the binder and I can't use sheet protectors because then the species information extends beyond the tabs/dividers.


I've used small post it notes, or have cut up post it notes to make little tabs sticking out of the binder, labeled with the species. We have it color coded so aquatic animals have blue post-its, plants have green post-its, etc.
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Re: Invasive Species B/C

Postby jiggles » January 20th, 2017, 4:08 pm

Is there anywhere I can go to see how others are organizing the info on their binder pages? Or even better is there a share site?

Thank you in advance!

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Postby JasperKota » January 20th, 2017, 6:58 pm

jiggles wrote:Is there anywhere I can go to see how others are organizing the info on their binder pages? Or even better is there a share site?

Thank you in advance!



From what I've seen, people don't really post their binders/cheatsheets on scioly.org. You could ask to exchange notes with people though, and some might be willing to share. I think during the Summer Scioly Study Session, sharing binders and cheatsheets are a thing, but usually it's just tests that are released to the public once the session is over.

I arrange my binder by invertebrates/plants/aquatic plants/aquatic animals/land vertebrates, then within that alphabetically by common name. For each species I follow a template (e.g. invasive behavior: [info here]), and have separate pages for identification and distribution maps.
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Re: Invasive Species B/C

Postby jiggles » January 21st, 2017, 8:31 am

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jiggles wrote:Is there anywhere I can go to see how others are organizing the info on their binder pages? Or even better is there a share site?

Thank you in advance!



From what I've seen, people don't really post their binders/cheatsheets on scioly.org. You could ask to exchange notes with people though, and some might be willing to share. I think during the Summer Scioly Study Session, sharing binders and cheatsheets are a thing, but usually it's just tests that are released to the public once the session is over.

I arrange my binder by invertebrates/plants/aquatic plants/aquatic animals/land vertebrates, then within that alphabetically by common name. For each species I follow a template (e.g. invasive behavior: [info here]), and have separate pages for identification and distribution maps.


Thank you!

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Re: Invasive Species B/C

Postby RareKyurem » January 21st, 2017, 4:29 pm

Hey guys! I'm new here. Anyways, where do you guys get your distribution maps? I tried EDD maps but it seems a bit inaccurate.
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Postby John Richardsim » January 21st, 2017, 5:37 pm

RareKyurem wrote:Hey guys! I'm new here. Anyways, where do you guys get your distribution maps? I tried EDD maps but it seems a bit inaccurate.

I usually use EDDMaps, particularly the "observation vs. literature" maps at the county level. Also USDA PLANTS Database is also nice (can zoom in to the county level), but I think might only use literature (and it only has plants, y'know). There also may be more regional organizations with distribution maps.

Other than that, I just google "[species] distribution map". Sometimes you can get some pretty solid ones by doing that.
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Re: Invasive Species B/C

Postby Question » January 22nd, 2017, 2:00 pm

Are distribution maps just for knowing what states the species has infested? If so, wouldn't it just save more space to list the states? Have there been questions about distribution maps?

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Postby Piggy » January 22nd, 2017, 2:14 pm

Question wrote:Are distribution maps just for knowing what states the species has infested? If so, wouldn't it just save more space to list the states? Have there been questions about distribution maps?


I have seen questions that ask to identify the species and then answer a set of questions involving matching the species to each of the distribution maps shown; however worldwide maps were shown instead of US distribution maps. I think it's pretty useful to include US distribution maps though. I usually use EDD maps.

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Re: Invasive Species B/C

Postby Piggy » January 22nd, 2017, 2:18 pm

jiggles wrote:Is there anywhere I can go to see how others are organizing the info on their binder pages? Or even better is there a share site?

Thank you in advance!


Most people don't share their binders but there's a binder handout on soinc.org that has a sample template if you want to see it. It's towards the end of the document. https://www.soinc.org/sites/default/files/uploaded_files/16_INVASIVE_SPECIES_BINDER_HANDOUT.pdf

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Re: Invasive Species B/C

Postby Skink » January 22nd, 2017, 3:49 pm

When we talk about things being invasive, we're really only interested in our close-to-home ecosystems. Having said that, somewhere on the page should indicate where things are originating from (and the template has a section for that, I imagine).

I took the National site template and modified it slightly (probably adding a couple sections while combining others that had limited usefulness). You can, too, use formats taken from invasivespeciesinfo and similar Web pages.

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Re: Invasive Species B/C

Postby BrS » January 24th, 2017, 12:43 pm

How do you all tab your binders? Any tips? I saw some massive ones at mit the other day but didn't get a chance to consult some of the competitors.

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Re: Invasive Species B/C

Postby Unome » January 24th, 2017, 1:07 pm

Piggy wrote:I can't use sheet protectors because then the species information extends beyond the tabs/dividers.

There exists extra-large tab dividers that will extend past the edge of sheet protectors. They're pretty rare though; I found some a few years ago when I started doing Fossils, and bought around 60 of them (which I've basically just recycled ever since). If you're trying to find them, bring a ruler; the labeling isn't that great, so the best way to know what you're getting is to measure them (they'll be about an inch wider than the normal size).
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