New Moon Challenge: “Who Am I?”

My Moon Challenge for the past moon has been to keep a running list of every species that I consumed. Two people inspired this challenge: Rob Fergus (aka The Birdchaser) who recently identified 1000 species of life in 30 days in an effort to appreciate biodiversity and Arthur Haines who described the importance of a nutritionally varied diet (see Dietary Diversity:  The Forgotten "Vitamin" in Successful Diets).

So, here's the detailed list of the 109 species that I consumed from 11/3 - 12/2. Thanks to my freezer, I'm still enjoying many species of wild berries (pictured) that I gathered in summer. Now I ask, "Who are you?"

Photo of Black Huckleberry Photo of Blue Huckleberry Photo of Hillside Blueberry

Capital letter key: O (organic or pastured), W (wild), F (feral), - (chemical/non-organic agriculture)

# # ANIMALS # Origin
1 O Cow Bos primigenius Maine
2 O Goat Capra aegagrus hircus Maine
3 W Herring family Clupeidae Atlantic Ocean
4 W Cod Gadus sp. Atlantic Ocean
5 O Chicken Gallus gallus domesticus Maine
6 W Haddock Melanogrammus aeglefinus Atlantic Ocean
7 W Mussel Mytilus edulis Maine
8 W White-tailed Deer Odocoileus virginianus Maine
9 W Pink Salmon Oncorhynchus gorbuscha Pacific Ocean
10 W Coho Salmon Oncorhynchus kisutch Pacific Ocean
11 W Sockeye Salmon Oncorhynchus nerka Pacific Ocean
12 W Northern Shrimp Pandalus borealis Gulf of Maine
13 W Atlantic Sea Scallop Placopecten magellanicus Atlantic Ocean
14 O Pig Sus scrofa domesticus Maine
15 W Yellowfin Tuna Thunnus albacares Pacific Ocean
16 W Black Bear Ursus americanus Maine
 # # FUNGI # Origin
1 O White Button Agaricus bisporus USA
2 O Reishi Ganoderma lucidum China
3 W Maitake Grifola frondosa Plainville, MA
4 W Chaga Inonotus obliquus Maine
5 O Shiitake Lentinula edodes China
1 W Wakame Alaria esculenta Schoodic Peninsula (SP), Maine
2 - Chlorella Chlorella vulgaris Korea
3 W Atlantic Kombu Laminaria digitata SP, Maine
4 W Kelp Laminaria longicruris SP, Maine
5 W Dulse Palmaria palmata SP, Maine
6 W Wild Atlantic Nori Porphyra umbilicalis SP, Maine
# # PLANTS # Origin
1 - Kiwifruit Actinidia deliciosa New Zealand / USA
2 O Leeks Allium ampeloprasum Maine
3 - Onion Allium cepa USA
4 - Lemon Verbena Aloysia citrodora -
5 - Pineapple Ananas comosus USA
6 O Dill Weed Anethum graveolens -
7 O Celery Apium graveolens USA
8 O Burdock Arctium lappa USA
9 W Black Chokeberry Aronia melanocarpa Wrentham, MA
10 - Asparagus Asparagus officinalis -
11 O Oatstraw Avena sativa USA
12 O Swiss Chard / Beet Beta vulgaris Maine
13 - Birch Betula sp. -
14 O Mustard Seed Brassica sp. -
15 O Chili flakes Capsicum annuum -
16 O Quinoa Chenopodium quinoa -
17 - Chicory, Endive Cichorium intybus -
18 O Cinnamon Cinnamomum cassia Indonesia
19 O Lemon Citrus × limon -
20 - Grapefruit Citrus × paradisi -
21 - Orange Citrus × sinensis -
22 - Tangerine Citrus tangerina -
23 W Sweet-fern Comptonia peregrina Plainville, MA
24 O Hawthorn Crataegus monogyna Bulgaria
25 W Hawthorn Crataegus sp. Wells, ME
26 - Buttercup / Hubbard Squash Cucurbita maxima Wales, ME
27 - Butternut Squash Cucurbita moschata Wales, ME
28 O Pumpkin / Acorn / Delicata Cucurbita pepo USA
29 O Turmeric Curcuma longa  -
30 - Artichoke Cynara cardunculus var. scolymus Peru
31 O Carrot Daucus carota USA
32 W Autumn-olive Elaeagnus umbellata Maine
33 - Arugula Eruca sativa USA
34 W Japanese Knotweed Fallopia japonica Plainville, MA
35 - Fennel Foeniculum vulgare USA
36 W Eastern Spicy-wintergreen Gaultheria procumbens Kennebunkport, ME
37 W Black Huckleberry Gaylussacia baccata Plainville, MA
38 W Blue Huckleberry Gaylussacia frondosa Plainville, MA
39 - Barley Hordeum vulgare -
40 - Sweet Potato Ipomoea batatas USA
41 O Lettuce Lactuca sativa California
42 - Red Lentil Lens culinaris Canada
43 F Apple Malus domestica Kennebunkport, ME
44 O Peppermint Mentha sp. Plainville, MA
45 W Small Bayberry Morella caroliniensis Plainville, MA
46 - Banana Musa acuminata Columbia
47 - Olive Oil Olea europaea Italy/Tunisia/Greece/Spain
48 - Rice Oryza sativa India
49 - Parsnip Pastinaca sativa USA
50 - Green Bean Phaseolus vulgaris France
51 W Pitch Pine Pinus rigida Plainville, MA
52 W Eastern White Pine Pinus strubus Cumberland, RI
53 O Black Pepper Piper nigrum India
54 - Green Pea Pisum sativum Canada
55 W Beach Plum Prunus maritima Oguinquit, ME
56 W Black Cherry Prunus serotina Plainville, MA
57 - Radish Raphanus sativus Quebec, Canada
58 O Garden Rhubarb Rheum rhabarbarum Plainville, MA
59 O Dog Rose Rosa canina Chile
60 W Beach Rose Rosa rugosa Biddeford Pool, ME
61 O Rosemary Rosmarinus officinalis Arizona
62 W Common Blackberry Rubus allegheniensis Plainville, MA
63 O Red Raspberry Rubus idaeus Germany
64 - Black Raspberry Rubus occidentalis -
65 - Sugar Cane Saccharum spp. -
66 O Sage Salvia officinalis USA
67 - Rye Secale cereale -
68 O Tomato Solanum lycopersicum Maine
69 - Eggplant Solanum melongena -
70 O Potato Solanum tuberosum Maine
71 W Goldenrod Solidago sp. Plainville, MA
72 W Common Dandelion Taraxacum officinale Kennebunkport, ME
73 O Thyme Thymus vulgaris Turkey
74 W Cat-tail Typha sp. Maine
75 O Stinging Nettle Urtica dioica Bulgaria
76 W Common Lowbush Blueberry Vaccinium angustifolium Plainville, MA
77 W Highbush Blueberry Vaccinium corymbosum Plainville, MA
78 W Large Cranberry Vaccinium macrocarpon Biddeford Pool, Maine
79 W Hillside Blueberry Vaccinium pallidum Plainville, MA
80 - Grape Vitis vinifera -
81 - Corn Zea mays USA
82 W Wild Rice Zizania sp. Maine

Quiz #81: Bird

Members of what beach-loving shorebird species are pictured? (Photo taken 11/15/13 in Biddeford, Maine)

Photo of Quiz #81: Bird

V. None of the following

W. Sanderling

X. Semi-palmated Sandpiper

Y. Semi-palmated Plover

Z. Dunlin

When you are ready, scroll down for the answer…

V is... incorrect.  See below.

W is... incorrect. Sanderlings have shorter, straight bills.

X is... incorrect. Semi-palmated Sandpipers have shorter, straight bills and (with few exceptions) are absent from Maine from November to April.

Y is... incorrect. Semi-palmated Plovers have much shorter bills and bold, black breast-bands.

Z is... Correct! Dunlin have relatively long, drooping bills and are an expected species to find on a beach in southern Maine in the month of November.

Fern Allies: Southern Ground-cedar

Photo of Southern Ground-cedar

Southern Ground-cedar (Diphasiastrum digitatum) is another spore-bearing evergreen clubmoss who grows on forest floors.  The plants are only a few inches tall and are connected by horizontal above-ground stems to form groups, though the plants are not always found in neat rows like in the above photo.

Photo of Southern Ground-cedar

The shiny, flattened branches are arranged in fan-like sprays.  The spore-bearing reproductive parts -- called strobili -- grow on thin, branched stalks that extend well above the leaves.