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Masked Shrew

Sorex cinereus
Photo by www.forestry.caf.wvu.edu

Habitat: Forests (deciduous or coniferous), tallgrass praire, or shrubby wooded areas.

Description: Dark brown backs, with lighter brown sides, and a pale belly.  Lighter coat in the winter.  They have a long, flexilbe snout, and tiny eyes.

Size: 7.1-11cm long, 2-6.6g

Diet: Primarily insects, but also slugs, snails, young mice, carrion and some vegetation.

Fun Facts: They use their snout and whiskers for navigation in the tall grass more than they use their eyes!

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

area wildlife + plants

Saskatoon
Amelanchier alnifolia
Shrub or small tree, forms dense thickets.  Branches are smooth, dark grey to reddish brown.  Leaves thin, oval shape with sharp teeth on the top half.  Has white, showy flowers.  Berry-like pomes (like miniature apples), purple to nearly black in color.  Juicy and sweet!
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