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ASCCA Winter Highlights

2016 started winter a little bit (too) cold for comfort, with bitter chills and icy roads. For several weeks enchanting hoarfrost clung to swatches of grass and tree branches, making it feel a bit like living inside of a snow-globe. December saw a smattering of snow, which was a welcome change from the brown palette we see after autumn leaves have fallen. It wasn't until January when we saw real snow at the ASCCA. The cold had yet to subside, which meant the snow caught in the trees wouldn't melt until an eventual chinook. We were gifted with some of the most magical sights that nature has to offer this time of year, worth braving a few minutes cold for a few remarkable photos. With warmer weather on the horizon, the snowy grasslands and blanketed forests have begun to melt, and children are enjoying the sights and sounds that the Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area has to offer. You can almost sense the approach of spring.

But let's not forget, it's not yet February, and this is Canada!

(photos: Anna Aldridge, December 2016 - January 2017)

 

area wildlife + plants

Pale Swallowtail
Papilio eurymedon

Habitat: You are most likely able to see this Swallowtail in May or June.  It is a species that is rare in Alberta and can only be found in the extreme southwest. Predominately a forest butterfly, it prefers dry, open forests.

Description: A black and white butterfly, its wings are covered with thick black stripes with a small tail protruding off each hind wing.

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