Canada Goose

(Branta canadensis)

Conservation Status
Canada Goose
  IUCN Red List

LC - Least Concern

     
  NatureServe

N5B, N5N - Secure Breeding and Nonbreeding

SNRB, SNRN, SNRM - Unranked Breeding, Unranked Nonbreeding, Unranked Migrant

     
  Minnesota

not listed

     
           
 
Description
 
 

 

 
     
 

Size

 
 

25 to 45in length

42 to 60wingspan

 
     
 

Voice

 
   
     
 

Similar Species

 
     
     
 
Habitat
 
 

Lakeshores, river banks, ponds, city parks

 
     
 
Biology
 
 

Migration

 
 

March to November

 
     
 

Nesting

 
 

 

 
     
 

Food

 
 

 

 
     
 
Distribution
 
 

Occurrence

 
 

Abundant migrant and breeder

 
         
 

Maps

 
 

The Minnesota Ornithologists’ Union All Seasons Species Occurrence Map

 
         
 
Taxonomy
 
  Class Aves (birds)  
 

Order

Anseriformes (ducks, geese, swans, and relatives)  
 

Family

Anatidae (ducks, geese, and swans)  
  Subfamily Anserinae (true geese and swans)  
 

Genus

Branta (black geese)  
       
 

Subordinate Taxa

 
 

Atlantic Canada Goose (Branta canadensis canadensis)

Interior Canada Goose (Branta canadensis interior)

Giant Canada Goose (Branta canadensis maxima)

Moffitt’s Canada Goose (Branta canadensis moffitti)

Vancouver Canada Goose (Branta canadensis fulva)

Dusky Canada Goose (Branta canadensis occidentalis)

Lesser Canada Goose (Branta canadensis parvipes)

 
       
 

Synonyms

 
 

Anas canadensis

 
       

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
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Dan W. Andree

 
 

Here is what I came across last evening.

They were on that mound next to the pond I was to the West of them and the distant background is part of that Slininger Prairie/ WPA....

The adult geese crouched real low to the ground once they seen me with necks straight out. Guessing they were hoping I wouldn’t notice them. The little geese are really cute.

  Canada Goose  
           
 

Northern Tallgrass Prairie Geese and Pond...

I was down wind with the sun to my back and worked my way slowly to the pond photographing and filming the geese at times. They were aware of me but their attention wandered off toward other things.

  Canada Goose  
        Canada Goose  
           
 

Canada Geese, possibly a couple Cackling geese mixed in and a Mallard duck or two... pair of Trumpeter swans...

 
    Canada Goose      
           
 

Canada geese and White as Snow Trumpeter Swans...

 
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Ramona Abrego

 
    Canada Goose   Canada Goose  
           
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Margot Avey

 
    Canada Goose   Canada Goose  
           
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Wayne Rasmussen

 
    Canada Goose      
           
 

A spring trek into Wild River SP can be exhilarating

 
    Canada Goose      
 

Tom Baker

 
    Canada Goose   Canada Goose  
           
    Canada Goose   Canada Goose  
           
 
MinnesotaSeasons.com Photos
 
 

Adult

 
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Alert Posture

 
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Dabbling

 
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Juvenile

 
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Nest

 
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Camera

 

     
 
Slideshows
 
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JMC Nature Photos
 
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  Canada Goose
Joshua Mayer
 
  Canada Goose  
 
About

Branta canadensis

 
  Geese
Craig A. Mullenbach
 
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Dan W. Andree

 
  A pair of Canada Geese Spring 2016.
Published on Aug 11, 2016
 
   
 
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A quick look at a pair of Canada Geese, nest and eggs along the Wild Rice river in Mn.

   
       
 
Other Videos
 
  Canada Goose - Branta canadensis - YouTube
JCVdude
 
   
 
About

Published on May 23, 2012

The Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) is a wild goose with a black head and neck, white patches on the face, and a brownish-gray body. Native to arctic and temperate regions of North America, it is occasionally found in northern Europe, and has been introduced to other temperate regions.

That's from Wiki. Now from me, it was so beautiful to see the Canada Geese families together, it's getting rare now days, even in Canada. In Kelowna they control the geese population by finding nests and shaking the eggs up so they don't hatch. Apparently to much goose poop on beaches and 'swimmers itch' in the water. I moved to Kelowna prior to these measures to save us from the mighty geese menace and our kids swam in the lake, we went to the beach all the while there were geese around. We were careful where we put our beach blanket and it wasn't all that bad. Sad that today the answer is reduce the population or eliminate them all together. music is by 01 - Alex Alexandroff - I believe

 
  Geese Fly Together
National Geographic
 
   
 
About

Uploaded on Sep 15, 2009

Canada geese take to the skies along their annual migration paths.

 
  Canada Goose - HD Mini-Documentary
James Knott
 
   
 
About

Uploaded on Feb 14, 2009

The Canada Goose, also called the Canadian Goose, is the most plentiful waterfowl in North America.

 
  canadian goose sounds
Ani Male
 
   
 
About

Uploaded on Apr 7, 2011

Sounds of Canada Geese

 
  Canadian Geese
girenzabi
 
   
 
About

Uploaded on Apr 19, 2008

A flock of Canadian Geese take a break from flying and relax in a Minnesota pond.

 
       

 

Camcorder

 
 
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  Dan W. Andree
5/1/2021

Location: Northern Tallgrass Prairie NWR, Pavia Unit

Here is what I came across last evening. They were on that mound next to the pond I was to the West of them and the distant background is part of that Slininger Prairie/ WPA....

The adult geese crouched real low to the ground once they seen me with necks straight out. Guessing they were hoping I wouldn’t notice them. The little geese are really cute.

Canada Goose

 
  Dan W. Andree
3/14/2021

Location: Northern Tallgrass Prairie NWR, Pavia Unit

I was down wind with the sun to my back and worked my way slowly to the pond photographing and filming the geese at times. They were aware of me but their attention wandered off toward other things.

Canada Goose

 
  Ramona Abrego
5/26/2019

Location: Becker County

Canada Goose

 
  Margot Avey
4/18/2019

Location: Westwood Hills Nature Center

Canada Goose

 
  Margot Avey
4/16/2019

Location: Westwood Hills Nature Center, St Louis Park, MN

Canada Goose

 
  Wayne Rasmussen
5/20/2018

Location: Maplewood Nature Center

Canada Goose

 
  Dan W. Andree
4/1/2018

Location: Rural Norman co. Mn.

Canada Geese, possibly a couple Cackling geese mixed in and a Mallard duck or two... pair of Trumpeter swans...

Canada Goose

 
  Dan W. Andree
3/30/2018

Location: rural Norman Co. Mn.

Canada Goose

 
  Wayne Rasmussen
4/27/2005

Location: Wild River State Park

A spring trek into Wild River SP can be exhilarating

Canada Goose

 
  Tom Baker
5/1/2011

 

Canada Goose

 
  Tom Baker
4/9/2011

 

Canada Goose

 
           
 
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