Advanced Biology Plant Unit Collection Project Quarter 1 2005 Objectives: 1. To acquaint you with the variety of plants of this area 2. To learn the correct methods for preservation of plants 3. To learn basic scientific procedures – detailed studies, observations & organization 4. To review previous work in Biology Requirements: 1. A scrapbook (binder) of the vascular and nonvascular plants of NE Wisconsin. Each specimen will be dried and mounted on heavy paper, with the facing page having all of the information for the specimen. 2. Your scrapbook will contain the following groups with the minimum number of specimens: a. Flowers (10) – wildflowers including the leaves i. **digital photographs are acceptable substitutions for collecting the actual flower, as many are illegal to pick, however, the photograph MUST be yours, NOT from the Internet! b. Nonflowering plants (3) – mosses, ferns, lichens, algae, etc. c. Conifers (5) – needles or other greenery d. Deciduous trees (12) – press the leaves and include a sample of the bark 3. Each specimen should include its scientific name as well as the common name and the Phyla it belongs to. A short paragraph should include a description of its habitat, as well as the characteristics of the specimen itself. 4. All pages will be contained in page protectors to keep your scrapbook neat (get a box of 100 from Office Max for around $10 – get your friends together & split the cost…) 5. Your scrapbook will have a title page and table of contents. 6. A short paper discussing your project will include a summary of difficulties and problems in this assignment, as well as the highlights and ways that the project can be improved. Grading: Points will be assessed for each of the following: 1. Number of specimens plus any extras (of a different species) 2. Preparation of the specimen 3. Classification 4. Organization 5. Paper 6. Creativity Remember!! 1. Two different specimens are better than 5 of the same species 2. Collect, classify and write about a few specimens at a time, rather than collecting everything and waiting to classify. 3. PLAN AHEAD TO AVOID THE LAST MINUTE PRESSURE!! This project is DUE on Monday October 31st, 2005.