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Black-tailed Prairie Dog Cynomys ludovcianus Location: Grasslands National Park (West Block) Interesting facts: Prairie dogs have excellent hearing at low frequencies; as low as 4 Hz. This allows them to hear predators even in their burrows. The gestation period for prairie dogs is about thirty-five days. They are dependent on their parents for the next five to six weeks. The young emerge from their burrows … Continue reading Fauna of Saskatchewan 27

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Gray Catbird Dumetella carolinensis Location: Wascana Lake, Regina, SK Interesting facts: Named for their ability to imitate a cat’s “mew”-like sound. Catbirds copy several other birds’ calls as well.   Catbirds eat a variety of foods including insects: moths, beetles, ants, and grasshoppers and fruit: blackberries, cherries, holly berries, and strawberries.   Nests are built in shrubs or small trees. They are constructed with mud, … Continue reading Fauna of Saskatchewan 26

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House Sparrow Passer domesticus Location: Regina, SK Interesting facts: – House sparrows are very aggressive. In the late 1800s, a scientist documented sparrows protecting their nest from seventy varying species including Purple Martins and Eastern Bluebirds. – This species of sparrow was first imported to Brooklyn in the 1850s. They protected city trees by eating the larva of the snow-white linden moth. In less than … Continue reading Fauna of Saskatchewan 25

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Rose-breasted Grosbeak (female) Pheucticus ludovicianus Location: Science Centre, Regina, SK Interesting facts: – Grosbeaks carelessly build their nests in a few days, with little efforts to be secretive. They sing while they build attracting the attention of squirrels, cowbirds, and jays. The nests are of such poor quality that eggs may be visible through the bottom. – Their voice is similar to that of an … Continue reading Fauna of Saskatchewan 24

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Common Grackle Quiscalus quiscula Location: A. E. Wilson Park, Regina Interesting facts: – Grackles eat everything including fish, mice, grain, insects, leeches, and even other birds. – Forages in shallow water, on the ground, and in trees and shrubs. – They are becoming pests for farmers in North America. Grackles love eating seeds and spouted corn. – Grackles engage in “anting”; allowing ants to crawl … Continue reading Fauna of Saskatchewan 23

10 Year Anniversary!

It is hard to believe that I began my blog this week ten years ago! I started my site on Blogspot for nearly two years before switching to my current WordPress blog. To commemorate this occasion I am listing my top twelve personal favourite posts from the past decade! I was hoping to narrow it down to ten, but with no luck. My favorite posts … Continue reading 10 Year Anniversary!

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Wood Frog Lithobates sylvaticus Location: Moose Mountain Provincial Park Interesting facts: – Wood frogs are two to three inches long, with the females being the larger of the genders. They can be identified by their large eye mask behind or under their eye. These frogs maybe brown, tan, or reddish in colour. – They live in forests or marshes and breed in wetlands and intermittent … Continue reading Fauna of Saskatchewan 22

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California Gull Larus californicus Location: Wascana Lake, Regina, SK Interesting facts: – California gulls can be distinguished by the red dot and black tip on their yellow beaks. They are fairly large birds and have white bodies, gray wings, and black and white wing tips. Their wing span is over four feet. – These gulls are omnivores and will eat just about anything – earthworms, … Continue reading Fauna of Saskatchewan 21