About Us

Porcupine

Erethizon dorsatum
Photo by Mike Sturk

Habitat: Forests with mixed deciduous and coniferous trees, or pine and hemlock. Sometimes they are found on prairies, farmland and aspen swamps.

Description: Glossy, brown to black coat, with long, white-tipped guard hairs.  The front claws are sharp and curved.

Size: 53-94cm long; 1-12kg

Diet: leaves, buds, twigs, bark, and the cambium layer of tress and shrubs.

Fun Facts: The skin on the soles of a porcupine's feet are covered in bumps that are like teeth, so it's easier for them to climb trees

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

area wildlife + plants

Fairybells
Disporum trachycarpum

Habitat: The Fairybell is common throughout the wooded areas of Alberta from May-June preferring the nice, damp soil.

Description: Greenish-white bell-like flowers hang down and droop from slender stalks and are usually covered by their leaves.  The leaves are long and range from ovate to oblong.  They only flower for a short time but the orange-red berries they produce take the whole summer...

Click on Area Plants
to find out more.
Click on Area Wildlife
to find out more.

Our Sponsors & Partners