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Canada Goose – Migration

Summer Range: Canada Geese breed from central and southeastern Alaska eastward across Canada to western Greenland, and southward to the central United States. Most geese arrive on their breeding ranges in early spring, usually returning as family units to the previous year’s nesting sites. In the air, geese fly in the well-known V pattern and often honk loudly as they travel. Most flocks number from 30 to 100 birds, and travel about 40 miles per hour at an altitude of 2000 feet, though they often fly much higher. As they fly, they voice their constant contact calls—what Aldo Leopold called “goose music.”     next page >>

ML Reeb writer: Laurence Wiland design: T. Yao