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Painted Turtle

The Painted Turtle is the most common and wide-spread type of North American turtle and can be found across the continent. Fossils show that painted turtles have been around for 15 million years.  Adult painted turtles can life for up to 40 years in the wild. Painted turtles are an important part of the ecosystem…

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Rose-Breasted Grosbeak

The Rose-Breasted Grosbeak is a large seed-eating grosbeak in the cardinal family. Where I live in mid-western Ontario, the Grosbeak usually shows up in early spring at around the same time as the American Robin. Rose-Breasted Grosbeak – Description The adult male has a black head, wings, back and tail, and a bright rose-red patch…

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Blue Jay

The Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) is a bird native to North America and a resident through most of eastern and central United States. Blue Jay – Description Its plumage is lavender-blue to mid-blue in the crest, back, wings, and tail, and its face is white. A collar of black is often found around the throat…

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Red Squirrel

The Red Squirrel is an abundant small mammal that lives in coniferous woodlands across much of North America. Red Squirrel – Description The Red Squirrel (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus) is a small squirrel with reddish to reddish-gray fur on top and a white or cream underside. Red squirrels are somewhat larger than chipmunks. They have white around…

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White-Breasted Nuthatch

White-Breasted Nuthatch is a small songbird that lives in old-growth woodlands across much of temperate North America. Its a very common visitor to home feeders which is often a part of mixed flocks with Chickadees, and Downy Woodpeckers. White-Breasted Nuthatch – Description It’s a stocky little bird with a large head, short tail, powerful bill,…

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