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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.

area wildlife + plants

Trembling Aspen
Populus tremuloides
Deciduous tree with nearly circular leaves with flat leaf stalks that allow the leaves to "tremble" in the breeze.  Bark is greenish white, becomes blackened around branch bases, and at bottom of trunk.
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