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Red-backed Vole

Clethrionomys gapperi
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Habitat: Coniferous forests, bogs and sometimes aspen forests.

Description: Coat is red on the back, becoming paler on the sides and belly.  Short tail, with few hairs on it, and ears that are round and stand above the fur.

Size: 12-16cm long; 13-44g.

Diet: Green vegetation, grasses, berries, lichens, seeds and fungi.

Fun Facts: They spend the winter in the layer between the frozen ground and the snow, where it's actually quite warm.

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

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Rough-Legged Hawk
Buteo lagopus
They can be either light or dark.  Light hawks have a pale head and chest with brown streaks, with a dark brown band around its abdomen.  The dark birds are solid dark brown or black.
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