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Richardson's ground squirrel

Spermophilus richardsonii
Photo by weaselhead.org Steve Mason

Habitat: Open areas in the grasslands and farm land.

Description: Tan-grey back and a tan-yellow belly.

Size: 28-32 cm long; 260-630 g

Diet: Grasses, green vegetation, seeds, fruits, flowers and insects.

Fun Facts: Commonly called the ‘gopher’, this ground squirrel has a bad reputation as a pest and gets killed a lot. As a key species in the food web and having its den used by several animals, the killing of Richardson’s ground squirrels has contributed to the drop in the Badger, Burrowing Owl and Swift fox populations.

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

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Tall Buttercup
Ranunculus acris
Tall, and hairy.  Leaves have long stalks, and grow at the base of stems.  3-5 lobes, heart shaped, with ragged edges.  Glossy yellow flowers in loose clusters at stem tip.
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