Canada Goose

Branta canadensis

In a world where many species are nearing extinction every day, the Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) is flourishing. In 1950, there were approximately 1 million Canada Geese in North America. Today those numbers are closer to 8 million. This increase is largely from successful management projects that involved refuge areas and careful hunting regulation.

Characteristics

The Canada goose has a plump body, long neck, and webbed feet. Although most Canada geese look alike, there are several different races. Scientists believe there are about 11 races. These races differ in size from the smallest goose, the cackling Canada goose, which can weigh as little as 1 kg (2.2 lbs), to the giant Canada goose, which can weigh up to 8 kg (18 lbs)…

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