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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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Thirteen-lined Ground Squirrel
Spermophilus tridecemlineatus
  Back is covered in alternating spotted and pale stripes.  Between the stripes, the coat is brown in color.  The nose, cheeks, belly and eye circle are all pale in color.  It has large eyes, and small ears.
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