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Sora

Porzana carolina
Photo by Tim Zurowski

Habitat: Wetlands with emergent cattails, bullrushes, sedges and grasses.

Description: short, yellow bill; black face and breast with long greenish legs.

Size: 20-25cm long.

Diet: Seeds, aquatic insects and mollusks

Fun Facts: The Sora's call is halfway between a horse's whinny, and someone laughing!

Source: Fisher, C. and J. Acorn.  Birds of Alberta.  1998.  Lone Pine Publishing.

area wildlife + plants

Muskrat
Ondatra zibethicus

Long, shiny, tawny or black hairs that overly a brownish grey coat.  They also have a long black tail, that is almost hairless.  They have short legs, and their back feet are partially webbed.

 

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