Our Wildlife

Rocky Mountain House has more to offer than history. A variety of wildlife from the time of the fur trade still makes the historic site home.

Beaver

Beaver

Castor canadensis

Identification The largest rodent in North America. Easily identified by their large flat tail, which lacks fur. Strong, chisel-like incisors are used to fell trees used for dams and lodges.

Habitat Found in forested areas, near a body of water.

Muskrat

Muskrat

Ondatra zibethicus

Identification Part of the rodent family, the muskrat looks like a large field mouse. The tail and feet lack fur. Their upper and lower incisors are chisel-like in appearance.

Habitat Inhabit productive wetlands between 1m and 2m deep.

Ferruginous Hawk

Ferruginous Hawk

Buteo regalis

Identification The largest of the North American hawks, the ferruginous hawk has two colour morphs. The light morph is light brown and white and the dark morph is mostly dark brown. Both morphs have a whitish tail and wing tips, and have feathered talons.

Habitat Can be found in mostly open forests, grasslands, and agrucultural land.

Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle

Haliaeetus leucocephalus

Identification White tail and head, with dark brown feathers covering the rest of it's body. No feathers cover their yellow talons.

Habitat Primarily a piscivore. bald eagles nest close to water bodies, such as lakes, rivers, and reservoirs.

American Kestral

American Kestral

Falco sparverius

Identification A small raptor, american kestral's have a very distinct colour pattern; white, cinnamon, and slate grey, with black spots. They also have a clear black mustache and sideburn on the side of their head.

Habitat Prefer open forests and grasslands so that they can perch for prey.

Bison

Bison

Bison bison

Identification Plains bison have thick curly hair on their head, which exceeds their horns. Plains bison also have a distinct cape. Wood bison have a large hump on their shoulders and the their horns reach higher than their head.

Habitat Plains bison would be found in grasslands. Wood bison would be found in forested areas, including deciduous, mixed, and coniferous.

Coyote

Coyote

Canis latrans

Identification Canid. Light brown to dark grey in fur colouration. Smaller in size from a wolf and larger than a fox.

Habitat Wide range of habitat, from grasslands to open forested areas.

Sandhill Crane

Sandhill Crane

Grus canadensis

Identification Tall bird, with long legs and neck. Characterised by their bright red cap.

Habitat Can be found in wetlands or near water bodies (lakes and rivers).

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