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Warm Weather Nature Survey (Feb 15.)

Last week we saw unseasonably warm weather, a welcome respite from some of this winter's downright frigid temperatures. The cold weather, from time to time, has made it challenging for our volunteers to do their weekly nature survey, a 8 - 10 km trek that goes on and off the trails of the conservation area to do a detailed survey of seasonal plants and animals. On February 15, it reached a balmy 16 degrees, and our steward volunteers enjoyed their lunch on a grassy hill with a beautiful view! Dick Choy supplied us photographs of Great Hairy Screw Moss and the Earth Star mushroom. It's amazing what you can find in nature when you look for it, despite the cooler weather, the natural world is not only surviving, but thriving.

Anna Aldridge
ASCCA Volunteer Coordinator

area wildlife + plants

Anise Swallowtail
Papilio zelican

Habitat: The Anise Swallowtail can be found throughout Alberta and depending on the weather, out of the pupa stage as early as late April continuing on until mid-August. It is primarily a forest butterfly but can sometimes be found in the prairies and in alpine regions.

Description: This butterfly comes in two colour forms, the typical yellow colour and a black version.  The best way to...

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