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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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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

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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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

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Western Meadowlark Sturnella neglecta Location: Devonian Islands, Regina Interesting facts: – A male Western Meadowlark usually has two mates at the same time. – They are  a member of the blackbird family. – Meadowlarks feed by “gaping”. They push their bill into soil or bark, then force it open, creating a hole to access insects. – They will abandon nests if disturbed by humans. – … Continue reading Fauna of Saskatchewan 18

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American White Pelican Pelecanus erythrorhynchos Location: Wascana Waterfowl Display Ponds Interesting facts: – A baby pelican may eat up to 150 pounds of  fish before they are nine weeks old. – The plate or projection on the pelican’s bill is shed after the breeding season. – Pelicans never carry food in their bill pouches. – They have a wing span of 8 – 10 feet, … Continue reading Fauna of Saskatchewan 17