Facts About the Canada goose.
- It has a life span of up to 24 years.
- The average nest size is 5-8 eggs.
- Population growth ranges from 10-17% annually.
- An adult goose will drop between 1.5 and 2 pounds of fecal matter daily.
- In spring and summer, geese concentrate their feeding on grasses and sedges. During fall and winter, they rely more on berries and seeds, including agricultural grains. Two subspecies have adapted to urban environments and graze on domesticated grasses year round.
- Geese are imprinting birds. Adult geese typically return to the same nesting sites each spring. Goslings born on the property will return to that site when it is able to mate (typically age 2).
- From mid June thru late July, adult geese molt their pin feathers rendering them flightless for up to a six-week period.
- Migratory geese have a flight range of 2-3 thousand miles
- Resident geese have a flight range around 100-200 miles to find food, water and safety.