Nov 272012
 

(Branta canadensis) The hatchlings leave the nest to follow mom into the water when they are 1-2 days old!  When Canadian Geese migrate, they form an impressive and aerodynamic “V” formation and they can cover over 1500 miles in 24 hours.

 

What does the Canada goose eat?

Canada Geese are herbivores and eat mostly grasses, grains, berries and skunk cabbage and can easily clean dry corn off a cob.

 

How long do they live?

They live about 25 years in the wild.

 

How many Canada Geese can be born at a time?

Two to eight eggs are laid each year. The hatchlings leave the nest to follow mom into the water when they are 1-2 days old. When it is time to migrate, the parents will teach the offspring the path the flock usually follows.

 

Where are they found?

Canada Geese are found in every contiguous U.S. state and Canadian province. They are also found in Mexico.

 

Interesting facts:

  • 50 geese can produce two and a half tons of excrement a year.
  • When they migrate, they form an impressive and aerodynamic “V” formation.
  • They can cover over 1500 miles in 24 hours.
  • These social birds remain in flocks year round except when nesting.
  • A mother goose loves manicured lawns as it allows for unobstructed views of her young.

 

Canada Geese at the Zoo

Deja – came to us in 2011 as an adult. She was blown into a yard in Phelan during a storm and has an injured foot. She was very friendly and so it was thought she was imprinted and someone had her as a pet.

 

Go Go – also came to us in 2011, but was still pretty young. A woman thought he was a duck and was keeping him in her garage, so he is also imprinted. Deja and Go Go live together and have a nice big pool in their exhibit. They get along very well. Deja is very vocal with some of her keepers and the zoo patrons.