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Rough fescue

Festuca scabrella
Photo by www.cd.gov.ab.ca

Habitat: Dry native grasslands

Description: Big clumps of grass with short roots. There is a purple colour at the base of the leaves.

Size: Bunches 30-35cm in diameter, up to 60cm tall.

Fun Facts: Known as the most nutritious native bunchgrass it is an important food for elk in winter. Due to its great taste all livestock animals like to eat rough fescue grass, but it will die if too many cows eat and trample it. This is called overgrazing.

Source: www.animalrangeextension.montana.edu

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Dreamy Dusky Wing
Erynnis icelus

Habitat: The Dreamy Dusky Wing can be seen mid-May to early July throughout Alberta.  It is primarily a prairie species that can be found where the forest and grasslands meet and around shrubby areas. 

Description: A small, dull coloured butterfly, it is the most moth-like of Alberta butterflies.  It is usually hard to distinguish between other Dusky Wings however the Dreamy...

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