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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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American Wigeon
Anas americana
Male: White forehead with a green stripe running back from each eye.  Female: Greyish head.  Both have large white patches on their wings, with cinnamon colored breasts, and a grey bill with a black tip.
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