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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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Vesper Sparrow
Pooecetes gramineus
Light colored legs, white eye ring, and white outer tail feathers.  It is the only sparrow with a light brownish red patch on its shoulder.  Males and females look very similar.
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