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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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Cow Parsnip
Heracleum lanatum
Very large leaves that are compound, in threes (can be up to 30cm long).  Flowers are white, in umbrella shaped clusters.  Strong smelling plant.
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