Canada Goose

(Branta canadensis)

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List

LC - Least Concern

Canada Goose


N5B, N5N - Secure Breeding and Nonbreeding

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


not listed


Abundant migrant and breeder


Lakeshores, river banks, ponds, city parks


25 to 45in length

42 to 60wingspan












March to November





Anseriformes (ducks, geese, swans, and relatives)



Anatidae (ducks, geese, and swans)

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)










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Ramona Abrego
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Wayne Rasmussen
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A spring trek into Wild River SP can be exhilarating

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Dan W. Andree

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

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Canada geese and White as Snow Trumpeter Swans...

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  A pair of Canada Geese Spring 2016.
Published on Aug 11, 2016

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

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

Uploaded on Sep 15, 2009

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

  Canada Goose - HD Mini-Documentary
James Knott

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

Uploaded on Apr 7, 2011

Sounds of Canada Geese

  Canadian Geese

Uploaded on Apr 19, 2008

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




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Ramona Abrego

Location: Becker County

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Margot Avey

Location: Westwood Hills Nature Center

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Margot Avey

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

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Wayne Rasmussen

Location: Maplewood Nature Center

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Dan W. Andree

Location: Rural Norman co. Mn.

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

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Dan W. Andree

Location: rural Norman Co. Mn.

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Wayne Rasmussen

Location: Wild River State Park

A spring trek into Wild River SP can be exhilarating

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Tom Baker


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Afton State Park

Baker Park Reserve

Beaver Creek Valley State Park

Big Woods Heritage Forest WMA

Blaine Preserve SNA

Blaine Wetland Sanctuary

Boot Lake SNA

Brownsville Bluff SNA

Bur Oak WMA

Cannon River Turtle Preserve SNA

Cannon River Wilderness Area

Carver Park Reserve

Chamberlain Woods SNA

Cleary Lake Regional Park

Clinton Falls Dwarf Trout Lily SNA

Cottonwood River Prairie SNA

Day Park and Earley Lake Trail

Des Moines River SNA

Dodge Nature Center

Edward Velishek Memorial WMA

Elm Creek Park Reserve

Felton Prairie SNA, Bicentennial Unit

Fort Snelling State Park

French Regional Park

Frontenac State Park

Glacial Lakes

Glacial Lakes State Park

Gneiss Outcrops SNA

Grey Cloud Dunes SNA

Hastings SNA

Kasota Prairie

Kasota Prairie SNA

Keller Regional Park

Kilen Woods State Park

Lake Carlos State Park

Lake Elmo Park Reserve

Lake Louise State Park

Lake Maria State Park

Lake Rebecca Park

Lake Rebecca Park Reserve

Lake Shetek State Park

Lebanon Hills Regional Park

Maplewood Heights Park

Maplewood State Park

Mary Schmidt Crawford Woods SNA

Mille Lacs WMA

Minnesota Valley NWR, Black Dog Preserve Unit

Minnesota Valley NWR, Chaska Unit

Minnesota Valley NWR, Long Meadow Lake Unit

Minnesota Valley NWR, Louisville Swamp Unit

Minnesota Valley NWR, Wilkie Unit

Minnesota Valley State Recreation Area, Lawrence Unit

Mississippi River County Park

Moose Lake State Park

Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve

Myre-Big Island State Park

Neal WMA

Ney Nature Center

North Fork Zumbro Woods SNA

North Mississippi Regional Park

Osmundson Prairie SNA

Pembina Trail Preserve SNA, Pembina Trail Unit

Pine Bend Bluffs SNA

Point Douglas Park

Rice Lake State Park

Rieck’s Lake Park and Campground (Alma, Wisconsin)

Ritter Farm Park

Sakatah Lake State Park

Savage Fen SNA

Seminary Fen SNA

Seven Sisters Prairie

Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge

Shetek WMA, East Unit

Sibley State Park

Spring Lake Regional Park

Stanley Eddy Memorial Park Reserve

Sunfish Lake Park

Tamarack Nature Center

Thompson County Park

Townsend Woods SNA

Twin Lakes SNA

Twin Valley Prairie SNA

Upper Sioux Agency State Park

Vermillion Highlands Research Recreation and WMA

Western Prairie SNA

Westwood Hills Nature Center

Whitetail Woods Regional Park

William O’Brien State Park

Wolsfeld Woods SNA

Wood-Rill SNA

Woodland Trails Park

Yellow Bank Hills SNA

Zumbro Falls Woods SNA




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