Canada Geese – Force of Nature

The Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) really is a Force of Nature! It is a large, noisy, fearless bird, which is only part of the reason it is increasingly becoming an unwelcome neighbour in parkland areas throughout Canada and the United States.


Sometimes referred to as pond starlings or Canada rats , these fowl can really foul  – 50 of them can produce 2.5 tons of manure in a year. Their vast numbers have not been depleted despite the efforts of hunters who harvest about 2.6 million of them a year and consider them to be the roast beef of the skies.

Every spring, a pair of them lands on the rocks behind our house. They are extremely vocal, and though I don’t pretend to understand what they are saying, it is quite possible that this year they are discussing their surprise that the Alberta Conservative party was defeated by the NDP party in the recent election.

The Feather Files
Name: Canada Goose
Branta canadensis
Native to and Migration: Resident to long-distance migrant. Canada Geese breed throughout North America, except in the high Arctic and in the extreme southern parts of the United States and Mexico.
Date Seen: May, 2015
Location: North of Calgary, Alberta, Canada

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