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Aythya valisineria
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Habitat: Shallow wetlands, lakes and ponds with water plants.

Description: Male: White back, chestnut head, a black breast and red eyes.  Female: grey back, and lighter brown head.

Size: 48-56cm long

Diet: roots, tubers, stems of plants, and bulrush seeds.

Fun Facts: They can dive up to nine meters to feed on aquatic plants!

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

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Tiger Swallowtail
Papilio Canadensis

Habitat: The Tiger Swallowtail can be found throughout Alberta from mid-May to July.  They can most likely be found on hill tops that are covered my Aspen Poplars but they are also frequently seen in urban settings visiting gardens.

Description: A yellow and black butterfly, it can be recognised by the black stripes crossing yellow wings, and of course the small tail coming off the back...

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