Honkers Take Flight !

Canada Geese are found everywhere! They reside and rest in lakes, ponds, marshes, fields, lawn environments, airports, golf courses, and parks.

How to recognize them? They have a long neck, a large body, webbed feet, and wide flat bills. They’re the largest goose in the world, over 20 pounds. They fly 40 miles per hur but, with a tail wind, can reach 70 miles per hour! Zoom! Their coloring emphasizes black, dark and light brown, a bit of gray, and a touch of white.

Their “V” formation makes them recognizable even high in the sky. Each bird in line flies a little higher than the goose in front of them. The front bird breaks the headwind so the birds behind can draft along the airflow from the front. They communicate by honks while migrating and shift positions so the birds can take turns flying in the front to help the geese from getting too tired.

At the turn of the 20th century, they were saved! Canada Geese were close to extinction. Now they are abundant! This is largely because of the Migratory Bird Convention Act, a proliferation of laws and institution of refuges.

A wonderful adventure film thusly oriented and appreciated by children and adults is: “Fly Away Home”, produced in 2016.

Here’s your Goose Riddle. How much manure can 50 Canadnan Geese produce in one year? Are you ready for a big answer? Yikes – 2.5 tons! For a perspective note, the average car weighs 4,400 pounds, 1 ton equals 2,000 pounds.