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Fauna of the Chateauguay Valley

A _________ is a popular fish among ice fishermen in the Valley, but the word can also mean a roost for a bird.
This smaller relative to the wolf also travels in packs and its distinctive call in chorus with its packmates can often be heard in the Valley.
A group of these birds, which are black all over, including their legs and bill, is called a murder.
This small, white-footed mouse has large dark eyes and long whiskers. (2 wds)
The red ________ uses its tail, which is usually about equal in length to the rest of its body, for balance as it leaps through the trees and for intimidating its rivals.
The average amount of time this black and white raptor (bird) spends hunting before catching a fish is 12 minutes.
This fierce member of the weasel family has become more commonly known in the past decade due to its reputation for hunting house cats.
The male Northern __________ has a striking red body and a two-toned whistled call.
There are several theories on how these snakes got their name, including that they look like the narrow bands of fabric that used to be fastened about the leg to keep up stockings. (2 wds)
This type of frog, the largest in North America, has a bright yellow chin during mating season and a deep and resonant call that can be heard a half kilometre away.
This deer, also known as the Virginia deer, can be identified by the characteristic "flag" it waves when alarmed. (3 wds)
This butterfly feeds off milkweed and is famous for its long migration, which reach a distance of up to 5000 km.
This freshwater fish, a member of the sunfish family, has red eyes and is usually brown with dark brown vertical bands. (2 wds)
The ________ owl's body is marked with dark brown bars and has an instantly recognizable call that sounds like “Who cooks for you?”
Covey Hill provides habitat for the widest variety of these amphibians in Quebec, including the very rare Stream ____________.
These small, long-bodied, carnivorous mammals are known for being able to squeeze through tight spaces.
This large rodent, which may also be known as a woodchuck or a whistle-pig, is in high demand early in the month of February each year.
This species of lynx is known for its excellent climbing skills and keen hearing.
The pileated ___________ is the largest of this bird family in North America, has a bright red crest and excavates into rotten wood in search of ants.
This bird, when they are not inhabiting a pear tree during the 12 days of Christmas, lives and forages in a group called a covey.
This striped rodent is known for stuffing its cheek pouches with food for easy transport.
The black-capped ____________ is one of the most common birds seen in the Valley and its call is easily recognized by children and adults alike.
These bright "flies" are actually beetles and their light displays are actually a twinkling "conversation" during courtship.
This reptile has a series of triangular spikes along the top that are reminiscent of those of a stegosaurus and its shell may be up to 47 cm long. (2 wds)
This bird, which has blue-gray plumage and specially shaped neck vertebrae which allow it to quickly strike prey from a distance, can hunt day and night in the bodies of water in which it dwells. (3 wds)
This mammal, sometimes jokingly referred to as a "trash panda," can be recognized by its striped tail and masked face.
This freshwater fish is called a "doré" in French.
These hard-working mosquito-eaters are threatened in North America by a disease called White Nose Syndrome.
This rust-coloured canid, whose scientific name is vulpes vulpes, is found in all of Canada's provinces and territories. (2 wds)
This striped creature's family name in the animal kingdon is Mephitidae, which, fittingly, means "foul-smelling."