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Canada geese in flight

Common Name:
Canada Goose

Scientific Name:
Branta canadensis

Favorite Honky-tonks:
Golf courses and suburban lake developments


You wouldn't know it to look around today, but the Canada Goose was bbeevxei. canada goose citadel once an uncommon bird.  In particular, the subspecies known as the giant Canada Goose was considered extinct until a few remnant populations were discovered in the early 1960's.  Over-hunting and destruction of wetlands had driven them to the brink.    Improved game management practices and extensive re-introduction programs were begun to stabilize the subspecies and today it is doing fine.  Originally a North American bird, the Canada Goose has also been transplanted successfully to Britain and Scandinavia.  A 1991 census recorded 63,581 in the United Kingdom. 

Depending on who you talk to, there are up to eleven subspecies of Canada Goose.   The largest is the giant, with a wingspan of 6 feet and weighing up to 20 pounds.   Among North American waterfowl, only the swans are larger.  The smallest version is the so-called "cackling" goose, which weighs only 2-4 pounds.   (This is now considered a separate species.)  The giant Canada Goose is native to the Great Plains.  It is unique in being non-migratory, at least in comparison to the other subspecies.  The other subspecies nest from southern Canada up to the high Arctic tundra, and travel long distances in their annual migration.  If the winter is mild, the giant may not leave its nesting area at all.

When they do travel, Canada Geese stay in family groups.  The parents fly with the young of the year.  If you watch a large flock of geese come in for a landing, you can often see the different family units peel off in smaller clusters before they alight.


       The family bond begins at the nest.  Canada Geese mate for life.  In Kansas, they begin to build their nest as early as mid-March.    The nest is a large mound of vegetation such as grass and cattail stems lined with down.  It is usually located within sight of water.
      Canada Geese will also use nesting platforms provided by people.   If you have a pond and want to make one of these, you can download plans here.
      4 to 7 eggs make up a typical clutch and incubation is done solely by the female.    The male (gander) zealously guards the nest and will attack any intruders.   Incubation takes 25 to 30 days and the goslings are led to water within a day after hatching.

Protective mother goose
A protective mother with her new brood.


After hatching, there is an amazing change in the attitude of the gander.  Where he would previously chase off any other geese in the area, he now becomes much more tolerant of them.  Indeed, if there are other clutches of goslings in the area, they will often group together in flocks called "cr

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Geese Facts

Top 30 Most Interesting Geese Facts

When exploring geese facts, it is important to be aware that a large number of birds fall under this category including ducks and swans.  It is believed that these striking and intelligent birds have inhabited North America for more than 10 million years.  Individuals investigating the Anatidae family all agree that each species is fascinating in their own unique way.  Below are the top 30 geese facts that you should find very interesting.



  1. The term goose is used when referring to a female and a gander is the name used for a male.
  1. A large group of geese all hanging out together on the ground is referred to as a gaggle.
  1. Geese have a fairly long life expectancy of around 20 years.
  1. These birds are phenomenal long-distance fliers and will travel a couple of hundred miles to find water, food and safety.
  1. Before young birds are fledged, they are called goslings.
  1. Canada geese are the most popular of all the geese species.
  1. Interestingly, Canada Geese are found naturally in China, Siberia and Japan and have been introduced to Scandinavia, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium and Great Britain.
  1. Geese are omnivores, eating grains, vegetation, fish, insects, aquatic plants and garbage.
  1. One of the more surprising geese facts is that they will defend themselves against humans if they feel that their goslings are threatened.  They will spread out their wings, stand erect and make a hissing sound.  If the human doesn't leave, they will charge and attack with their wings or bite.
  1. Geese have places that they go to every year where they join others or simply rest, before and during migration.
  1. These birds almost always return to the area where they were born every year when they are ready to mate and nest.
  1. Probably one of the most phenomenal geese facts is that their desire to return to their birth place every year is so strong that they will often fly up to 3,000 miles to get there.

  1. An average clutch is made up of five eggs.
  1. The mother goose typically lays one egg per day until her clutch is complete yet they are almost always born on the same day.
  1. Foxes, owls, raccoons, snapping turtles, eagles and coyotes are natural predators, especially to their eggs.
  1. Geese can fly when they are between two and three months old.
  1. Adult geese molt in June and are unable to fly during this time.
  1. Geese mate for life unless one dies and then they may choose a new partner.
  1. Both parents will protect their eggs but the female typically spends more time staying with the nest than the male.
  1. One of the best geese facts to actually observe is the way that the parents will keep their goslings in one straight line with one parent behind and one in front.
  1. Migration does not come naturally, it is a learned process.
  1. Geese prefer to nest somewhere that is near the water yet also isolate.  Sometimes, they will choose swamps or bushy areas if there is not a threat of flooding.
  1. Incubation time lasts between 28 and 30 days.
  1. When geese are molting in the summer, they have to stay close to a water source so that they have an accessible escape route from predators.
  1. Some flocks of geese, may choose to not migrate in the winter if they are supplied with enough food to live on through the season.
  1. Geese are considered pests in some locations, especially golf courses, beaches and public parks.
  1. Most Canada geese live in the Great Lakes region.
  1. Geese flying in formation are called a skein or a wedge.
  1. Grey geese have been kept for their eggs, meat and down feathers as far back as ancient times.
  1. Domestic geese can lay as many as 50 eggs every year.

Goose Theme
Preschool Activities and Crafts

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Come and have fun with goose theme preschool activities and crafts suitable for toddlers, preschoolers and kindergarten. Visit a theme section for lesson plans, printable crafts, activities, and related early childhood resources.
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Letter G Goose printable activities:
  • Color poster, coloring page, handwriting worksheet
  • Activity worksheet program and mini-book
  • Word search and more.
Coloring Pages
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Various goose coloring pages
Goose Crafts
stand up goose printable craft
Stand-up Goose Craft
(large & small version)
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Goose Craft
Fairy Tales and Fables The Goose and the Golden Egg
Holidays, Seasons, Events Seasons > Easter, Spring theme.
January 5th > National Bird Day
May 4th > Bird Day
May - 2nd Saturday > International Migratory Bird Day
September 29th > National Goose Day
Numbers | Math Goose Dot-to-do numbers 1-10
Online Activities
goose online jigsaw puzzle
Learn about Birds and Waterfowl at

Online jigsaw puzzle 
Shapes Practice shapes oval (egg), star with the goose craft