Did you Know?

Did you know Canada Geese…

… choose a mate when they are 2 years old and mate FOR LIFE.  If their partner dies, they go into mourning for days, weeks or months and may venture off alone during this period!

… lay 3-8 eggs and incubate them for 24-28 days.  The female sits on the nest most of the time, while the male stands guard.  They are very protective parents!

… live 10 — 24 YEARS!

… are very talkative and make 13 different sounds.

… goslings begin to communicate with their parents WHILE THEY ARE STILL INSIDE THE EGG!  That is amazing!

… molt and lose their flight feathers (and cannot fly) for 20-40 days during the summer.

… migrate north in the spring and south in the fall.  They are often seen in V shaped formations in the sky during their migration.  They can travel up to 1000 km in a single day!

… are 76-110 cm tall (30-43”) with 90-200cm wingspans (30-71”)

… males weight 3.2-6.5 kg (7.1-14 pounds), females weigh 2.5-5.5 kg (5.5-12 pounds)

… are herbivores.  They eat grasses, wheat, beans, rice, corn, and aquatic plants such as seaweed.  They will also eat insect and fish.

… live near lakes, rivers, ponds, small bodies of water, in yards, on park lawns and in farmer’s fields.  They are adaptable and will go wherever they find good food and have a clear view of predators.

… eggs and goslings are preyed upon by coyotes, foxes, raccoons, gulls, ravens, crows, bears AND HUMANS

… adults are preyed upon by coyotes, foxes, wolves, snowy owls, great horned owls, golden eagles, bald eagles AND HUMANS.

… are native to North America, but have travelled to Northern Europe, Eastern Siberia, Eastern China and Japan.  They have also been introduced in Great Britain, Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Scandinavia and New Zealand.


References for the above information:

Wikipedia — http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canada_Goose

Hinterland Who’s Who — http://www.hww.ca/hww2.asp?id=35

Ducks Unlimited Canada — http://www.ducks.ca/resource/general/wetland/geese.html