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Fast Fact: Canada Geese

Canada geese are one of the most well-known and widespread birds, but many people don’t like them because they can be a little aggressive and mean, especially during their spring mating season. These geese mate for life, and when they pick a mate at the age of 2 or 3, they look for a goose that is about the same size as them.

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Mated pairs have one brood of babies, called goslings, each year. The female will lay between two and 10 eggs each spring, and she will sit on the nest to incubate the eggs until they hatch. During this time, the male will keep a watchful eye on the nest to protect it from potential threats, including humans that get too close. The goslings stay with their parents for about a year after hatching. The spring after they are born they will leave their parents and join a group of juvenile geese. They will stay with the group until they are ready to select a mate of their own.


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