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Wildfires in Fort McMurray. (Courtesy Mary Sexsmith)

1,600 structures razed

As firefighters prepare to spend the day doing battle with a wildfire that is burning inside Fort McMurray city limits, causing the largest evacuation in Alberta’s history, local officials are reporting that homes have been destroyed in several neighbourhoods.

Chimney Swifts return expected in few weeks

In a few weeks from now, Chimney Swifts will be returning to Manitoba for the summer and specifically to Portage la Prairie where they nest and raise their young. They migrate north from their winter grounds in the Upper Amazon basin. These small agile birds are mostly unseen and unheard except around dusk when they gather to roost in the chimneys.

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