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Rough-Legged Hawk

Buteo lagopus
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Habitat: Open areas, fields, marshes, arctic coasts.

Description: 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.

Size: 55-60 cm long, 800-900g

Diet: Small mammals

Fun Facts:  Even though they are large birds, their talons are weak, so they can only hunt small mammals.

Source: W.B. McGillivray, and G. Semenchuk.  1998.  The Federation of Alberta Naturalists Field Guide to Alberta Birds.  Federation of Alberta Naturalists

area wildlife + plants

False Solomon’s Seal
Smilacina racemosa

Habitat: Found throughout the woodlands and prairie thickets of Alberta.

Description: The flowers are small and white that grows in dense clusters at the ends of leafy stems.  Each flower resembles a miniature lily which turns into a purple berry when mature.  The plant itself grows in dense patches bearing ovate leaves.

Size: 0.5-1m tall

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