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A large wildfire burns through the Grasslands National Park

Posted by on 12. May 2013 in Blog / Journal, News & Events | 1 comment

A large wildfire burns through the Grasslands National Park

A large wildfire swept through the Grasslands National Park at the end of April this year. The fire started in agricultural fields outside of the park and was carried into the park by a strong wind gusting up to 80 kilometres per hour. A large area of the park was affected – the fire travelled approximately 20 kilometres along the Frenchman River Valley and burned an area between one to four kilometres wide. About 200 people fought to contain the flames and by the next afternoon the fire was extinguished and under control. See an article about the wildfire published on CBC News. I...

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Male Northern Shoveler, Wanuskewin Park

Posted by on 30. December 2012 in Wanuskewin Park | Comments Off on Male Northern Shoveler, Wanuskewin Park

Male Northern Shoveler, Wanuskewin Park

Male Northern Shoveler displaying, Wanuskewin Park. This dabbling duck species is unmistakable due to its large spoon-like bill. They feed by dabbling for plant food, often by swinging its bill from side to side and using the bill to strain food from the water. Small, comb-like structures on the edge of the bill act like sieves, allowing the bird to filter the food particle from the water surface. Males are very colourful, with iridescent dark green head and brightly red coloured body. I observed this male occasionally flapping its wings and waited for a right moment to capture the image....

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