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Elk

Cervus elaphus
Photo by Mike Sturk

Habitat: Upland forests and praries, alpine tundra, coniferous forests or brushlands.  Typically higher elevations in spring, lower in the fall.

Description: Golden brown coat in the summer, that gets longer and greyer in the winter. The head, neck and legs are dark brown.  Male's antlers begin to grow in its second year.

Size: 1.8-2.8m long, 1.2-1.5m tall, 180-500kg

Diet: Woody plants and fallen leaves, in the winter, sedges and grasses in the spring and summer.

Fun Facts: Elk need salt in their diet, and will often travel great distances to eat soil rich in salt!

Source: Pattie, D. and C. Fisher. 1999. Mammals of Alberta. Lone Pine Publishing.

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Melissa Blue
Lycaeides Melissa

Habitat:  Melissa Blues can be found in southern Alberta, particularly around the Peace River area.  They enjoy sandy places in prairies and parklands.

Description:  The underside of the Melissa Blue is quite dull with an orange or red band running along the outer edge of the hind wing.  The inside of its wings are a different story, revealing a vibrant blue.

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