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Photo of Canada geese crowding on grassy area

Canada Geese Flock

Once close to extinction, Canada geese have made an amazing recovery. They can be so numerous they cause problems from overgrazing, abundant droppings, collisions with aircraft, destruction of newly sprouted crops, and more.

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Photo of Canada goose swimming

Canada Goose

Branta canadensis
Canada geese are recognizable by their brownish bodies, black necks and heads, and a distinctive broad white patch that runs beneath their heads from ear to ear.

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Photo of Canada geese pair with nest and goslings

Canada Goose Nest

Canada geese form pairs in their second year of life and stay together for life (if one is killed, the other may find another mate). Usually 3–8 eggs are laid; adults lose their flight feathers during incubation and cannot fly for nearly a month.

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Photo of Canada goose swimming

Canada Goose Swimming

Canada geese are recognizable by their brownish bodies, black necks and heads, and a distinctive broad white patch that runs beneath their heads from ear to ear. During migration, they fly in chevrons (V-shaped groups).

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Photo of young Canada goose gosling

Canada Goose Young

Upon hatching, Canada geese young are clothed in yellow down feathers and can walk and swim within a few days. The goslings stay with their parents all the time and do not leave them until after the spring migration. Canada geese can live to be 30 years old.

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Goose banding flock of geese

Goose banding flock of geese

MDC staff gathered gaggles of geese in Cape Girardeau County for banding.

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Goose Banding in Cape Girardeau

Goose Banding in Cape Girardeau

MDC staff band giant Canada geese (shown here in Cape Girardeau County) to obtain data on the birds' movements, mortality, reproduction, harvest and survival rates. Each goose was released at the same area where it was captured and banded.

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Goose Banding in Cape Girardeau with Geese in Pen

Goose Banding in Cape Girardeau with Geese in Pen

MDC goose banding in Cape Girardeau involved herding the geese into this holding pen before leg banding.

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Goose Banding in Cape Girardeau with Kids

Goose Banding in Cape Girardeau with Kids

MDC staff gathered gaggles of geese in Cape Girardeau County for annual banding efforts, and used the opportunity to help kids discover nature.

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