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American Wigeon

Anas americana
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Habitat: Shallow wetlands, lake edges and ponds.

Description: Male: White forehead with a green stripe running back from each eye.  Female: Greyish head.  Both have large white patches on their wings, with cinnamon colored breasts, and a grey bill with a black tip.

Size: 46-58cm long

Diet: Aquatic leaves, the stems of pondweeds, and young shoots of plants in fields.

Fun Facts: They are much better walkers than most ducks, so they are able to graze on shore, as well as in the water.

Source: Fisher, C. and J. Acorn. 1998. Birds of Alberta. Lone Pine Publishing

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Golden Bean
Thermopsis rhombifolia
Has alternate, compound leaves with 3 leaflets, but it also has stipules, that look like leaves that have no stem, and clasp the main stem.  Bluish green in color, smooth, or with little hair.   Flowers short, crowded into clusters.  Flowers are 1-2cm long, bright yellow color, with small black lines in the centre.
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