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Saskatoon

Amelanchier alnifolia
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Habitat: Dry moist forests, thickets and open hillsides on well drained soils.

Description: Shrub or small tree, forms dense thickets.  Branches are smooth, dark grey to reddish brown.  Leaves thin, oval shape with sharp teeth on the top half.  Has white, showy flowers.  Berry-like pomes (like miniature apples), purple to nearly black in color.  Juicy and sweet!

Size: 1-5m tall.

Fun Facts: Saskatoon berries are the only wild fruit available in large quantities in many regions of Alberta.

Source:  Johnson D., L. Kershaw, A. MacKinnon, and J. Pojar.  Plants of the Western Boreal Forest and Aspen Parkland.  1995.  Lone Pine Publishing.

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Arctic Skipper
Carterocephalus palaemon

Habitat: The Arctic Skipper can be found throughout Alberta from mid-May to June.  Prefers open areas of poplar and mixed forests.  Once found throughout North America, Europe and Asia the Arctic Skipper is now extinct in England due to habitat disturbance and pesticide use.

Description: The Arctic Skipper is the most recognizable of Albertan Skippers.   It is...

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