When you've collected a good amount of seeds, it's time to start making observations. Before recording any information in your nature journal, take some time to look through your collection. Are there any seeds that look similar? Is there anything that has you questioning whether or not it is a seed? What about it is seed-like and what about it makes you think it might be something else?
A great way to organize seeds is by dispersal method! Dispersal is the way that seeds travel away from their parent plant. The way a seed looks can tell us a lot about how it travels. Below are some visual representations of seeds with unique dispersal methods, which might help you determine how your own seeds disperse!
Once you've spent enough time looking at your seeds, start sketching them! Try to be as detailed as possible in your journals. Not only can you sketch your seeds, but you can also label them with any observations and record why you organized them in the way that you did. What stood out about your seeds? Did anything surprise you? And finally, be sure to note how you think your seeds disperse!
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