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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.

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Pale Swallowtail
Papilio eurymedon

Habitat: You are most likely able to see this Swallowtail in May or June.  It is a species that is rare in Alberta and can only be found in the extreme southwest. Predominately a forest butterfly, it prefers dry, open forests.

Description: A black and white butterfly, its wings are covered with thick black stripes with a small tail protruding off each hind wing.

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