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Red Squirrel

Tamiasciurus hudsonicus
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Habitat: Boreal coniferous forests and mixed forests.

Description: Brownish coat with a reddish wash on the back.  White belly and eye ring.  A light fringe of longer hairs run along the tail.  Longer coats are grown in the winter.

Size: 28-35cm long, 170-310g

Diet: Seeds from conifer cones, and sometimes the young bark or cambium of conifers, flowers, birds, berries, mushrooms, eggs, mice, insects and chipmunks.

Fun Facts: Red squirrels stock pile cones for the winter.  Sometimes these caches of cones can be big enough to fill a garage!

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

area wildlife + plants

Star-flowered Solomon’s Seal
Smilacina stellata

Habitat: It is widely distributed throughout Alberta. It prefers moist wooded areas or along the edges of river banks.

Description: Large, stiff leaves zig-zag up the plants stems.  At the top of the plant a few small star-shaped flowers, white in colour grow.

Size: 20-60cm

Fun Facts: The root, when made into a powder, was...

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