Canada goose

closeup of a Canada goose swimming on a lake

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The Canada goose can be found all through North America except for the extreme northern and southern regions.

Most Canada geese migrate south for the winter. When they migrate, they fly in a V pattern. The goose at the tip of the V is the leader and controls the speed and direction the flock flies. They usually fly at a height of 3000 feet and can cover up to 1500 miles a day.

In the early 20th century, some Canada goose populations were nearing extinction due to over hunting. With improved laws, most of their populations have recovered. In some places, they are even now considered a pest due to the noise and mess they make on golf courses, yards, airports, and parks.

Canada geese are monogamous and live on average 24 years. A baby goose is called a gosling.

Two adult Canada Geese and goslings on grass beside a pond
Canada geese and goslings

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