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Photo of two Canada geese and a white-fronted goose standing near a lake.

Canada Geese and White-Fronted Goose

Migratory animals play a role in every ecosystem they travel through, as well as in their breeding and overwintering places. Although it takes a fairly large predator to capture an adult goose, the defenseless young and eggs fall prey to a variety of meat-eaters.

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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 crowding on grassy area

Canada Goose Control

Learn to control nuisance Canada geese in your Missouri community or on private property.

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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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Photo of a male canvasback floating on the water.

Canvasback

Aythya valisineria
A diving duck or pochard, the canvasback forages on the bottom of lakes, rivers, and marshes for invertebrates and plants. It is a common migrant in Missouri.

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Photo of a female canvasback floating on the water.

Canvasback Female

The female canvasback is light brown, with a grayish back and sides. Note the distinctly long, sloping, blackish forehead and bill.

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Photo of a male canvasback floating on water.

Canvasback Male

Duck hunting is a large industry in the United States. The canvasback was long considered one of the best-tasting species. Humans play a big role in conserving canvasback populations: We must protect their habitat, especially their breeding grounds.

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