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It has, however, enough differences to entitle it to it's own Species and in 2004 it was officially separated from the Canada Goose and how has its own place in the taxonomic order.
The Canada Goose is a member of the genus Branta and is specifically Branta canadensis and their species name, canadensis, is a Latin word meaning "of Canada".
To hear the call of the Canada Goose, click here
It is said that these birds mate for life, but I have heard that when one of the pair dies or is killed, the other bird will choose another mate the following year.
These birds often return to the same nesting spot, year after year, sometimes even to where they themselves were hatched!
The parent birds are very protective of their eggs and young, and guard them well against predators such as
coyotes. Here their mother takes the goslings for a stroll!
As they grow, the little goslings can be seen following their parents in a procession around their territory.
Birds in general, and Canada Geese in particular, form strong parent-child bonds and the goslings stay close to their parents. Problems can occur when parent birds are killed and their young are found and cared for by humans.
The little birds quickly adopt their human parents and imprint firmly on them, making it difficult to get them to become "wild" birds again and to be able to migrate with the rest of their species.
Fly Away Home: The Novelization and Story Behind the Film
Just down the road from where we live there is a tiny island in the middle of a small pond in a farmer's field.
Spring, a pair of geese returns there to build their nest and lay their eggs. After incubating their eggs, the little goose family stays until the goslings are grown, and then they all fly south for the winter.
Autumn when the Geese start to migrate south for the winter and congregate in this area in their thousands, it is a spectacular sight to see them flying overhead in their typical "V" formation. I often silently wish them well, and hope that they make it back here safely to delight us once more in their Southern Ontario breeding grounds.
My son-in-law David, (the intrepid hunter) assures me that the Canada Goose is not an endangered species, and he sometimes brings a plate of delicious roast goose to our monthly Family Dinners.
We can all enjoy our meal knowing that they are plentiful and are thriving and breeding well in all of Southern Ontario!
Game Bird Hunter Web Site
Lots of information about the Goose and other Game Birds, where there are comprehensive reviews on their habitats and habits. Other topics include firearms and gun dogs etc, all the information you require to enhance your next hunting experience
Canadian Geese - Hinterland Who's Who
Canadian source of lots of information on this Goose, "les bernaches du Canada"