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White-Tailed Deer

Odocoileus virginianus
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Habitat: Riparian forests, woodlands, abandoned farmland.  They need open areas that are near cover.

Description: Reddish brown coats in the summer, grey in the winter with a white chin and belly.  There is also a narrow white ring around the eye.

Size: 1.3-2.2m long, 50-200kg

Diet: In the winter, leaves and twigs of evergreens, deiduous trees and brush.  In spring and early summer, forbs grasses and mushrooms.

Fun Facts: Although they can walk just after birth, baby deer spend most of their first month hiding quietly under some vegetation while it's mother leaves to feed.

Source: Pattie, D. and C. Fisher. 1999. Mammals of Alberta. Lone Pine Publishing.

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Cabbage White
Pieris rapae

Habitat:  One of the most common butterflies, the Cabbage White was accidentally introduced in Quebec back in 1860 and has since spread across the entire country since.  It is found throughout the entirety of Alberta.

Description:  A very plain looking butterfly, it is mostly white with a few dark patches on its upper wing.

Size:  40-50 mm


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