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Canada Goose Nest and Eggs

The typical Canada Goose nesting site is located within 50 yards of water, contains some amount of cover and is on high enough ground to give the nesting goose a clear view of the surroundings. The nest itself is often a large open cup, made of dry grasses, lichens and mosses, and lined with down and some body feathers. Occasionally geese inhabit above-ground structures such as abandoned heron rookeries, osprey nests or human-made tree platforms.

Females incubate 3-8 creamy white eggs for about four weeks while the male, called a gander, stands guard. The chicks, called goslings, fledge about two months after hatching, although within 24 hours of hatching they have the ability to swim and feed on their own.

ML Reeb writer: Laurence Wiland design: T. Yao