Animals of Alberta

            This report is about the animals in Alberta. IÕm going to start with the animals in the Rocky Mountain region.

            The big horn sheep live on semi Open Mountain slopes. Families may number up to 80 animals. The Pika is the smallest member of the rabbit family. It lives in loose bolder fields and rock slides. The Wapiti is the largest member of the deer family. It ranges through the mountain woodlands. The Hoary Marmot is the largest member of the squirrel family. They have a shrill whistle. They hibernate for nine and a half months. The Grizzly bear is ferocious and defends its family and territories. They can travel up to 6o kilometers in 36 hours. Clarks Nutcracker is a permanent resident of the Rocky Mountains. They often scavenge for food.

            The next region is in the grasslands long ago, Bison, Wapiti, Bear, Moose and wolves common but now theyÕre gone. Only animals able to live along sideman remain. Such animals include the Deer, Coyote, Lynx, Weasel and Hare. Songbirds, Ducks, Geese, Swans, Hawks and owls are not as common as they one were.

            A porcupine is covered with pointy quills. DonÕt get to close! The Woodchuck is one of the larger members of the squirrel family. It lives in the wooded parts of the province and is usually found close to where it lives. The snowshoe hare changes his coat from brown in the summer to white in the winter. The Great Blue Heron feeds on amphibians, reptiles and mice. It has long legs for wading in water. The Beaver likes to build dams continuously. The Great Gray Owl likes to capture voles and other teeny animals in its sharp talons.

            The next group of animals is from the Aspen Parkland. The Sand hill crane nests in the marsh and mustang of the north. It winters in southern United States and Mexico. The Red Backed Vole scurries around the forest floor eating seeds. This tiny animal is food for many birds and animals. The Bull Moose weighs between 300 to 400 kg when fully grown. Moose like water plants and are often seen eating in shallow lakes. The common loon is a fisher. It is an expert diver, and it has an interesting call. Minks eat a variety of foods. Their mother carries the young around her neck. The Black Bear coat ranges in color from light brown to black. They are smaller than grizzlies but can still be dangerous.

            I have one more region where animals live in Alberta and that is the foothills. The pronghorn can go for many days without drinking water it gets most of its water from the sagebrush and grasses that it eats      

The pronghorn has excellent eyesight. It can see many kilometers away. Pronghorns can run up to 100 kilometers an hour. If a pronghorn sees a fence up ahead it would not jump it like a deer would it would crawl under it. Man and coyote are its worst enemies.

            Badgers are one of the larger members of the weasel family. The kangaroo rat has a longer tail than its body. It only comes out on moonless nights. The horned toad is an insect eater found only in the far south. Coyotes are small wolves that eat any type of food. The prairie falcon is very rare. It hunts other birds in the air and eats mice and other small animals. The rattlesnakes live in the badlands and coulees of the south. Their bite is very poisonous.

            The animals in Alberta are all different if theyÕre in the rocky mountains or in the grasslands there all different.

 

    The Chipmunk     

     The mountain bluebird

The black capped chickadee

The snowshoe hare

The snowy owl

The white tailed deer

The osprey

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The lynx

The coyote

seagulls

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Peregrine falcon

The great blue heron

the grizzly bear

The harlequin duck

The black bear

The beaver

The weasel

http://www.cws-scf.ec.gc.ca/hww-fap/hww-fap.cfm?ID_species=73&lang=e 

is the website I found the pictures in.

The Book I used was Landscapes of Alberta by Lynda Hofman and Pat Readhead

By Kristen