Portland Japanese Garden

A few weeks ago I visited Portland, Oregon. Intrigued by the Japanese Garden, I went there my first afternoon in the city. It did not disappoint. The scenery was amazing and set around tall redwoods, scenes missing from my prairie home. A Japanese Garden is a landscape garden, designed as place of reflection and meditation. Typically it includes the following elements – water, bridge, rocks, … Continue reading Portland Japanese Garden

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Wood Duck (on the left) Aix sponsa Location: Wascana Lake Migratory Bird Sanctuary, Regina, SK My friend and I came across a male wood duck swimming with a few mallards while snowshoeing in February. Saskatchewan is in breeding range for wood ducks; although it early for breeding and we did not see his partner. Interesting facts: – The wood duck is a perching duck; it … Continue reading Fauna of Saskatchewan 20

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American Bison Bison bison Location: Grasslands National Park (West Block)     Interesting facts: – Male bison may weigh up to 2,200 pounds; the largest mammal in North America. – Baby bison are known as “red dogs” because they are orangish red in colour in the first few months. – More people were injured by bisons than bears between 1980 and 1999 in Yellowstone National … Continue reading Fauna of Saskatchewan 19