Geese on the Pond
Pretty and pretty messy, geese. The dogs love to chase them.
"Canada geese are everywhere in Minnesota. From farm fields to golf courses.
IdentificationGeneral description: A large goose.
Length: 22 to 40 inches - wingspan is about 5 to 6 feet.
Weight: 2 to 18 pounds.
Color: Light brown with a white chin and a black neck, head, bill and feet.
Sounds: Various "honking" sounds.
ReproductionCanada geese mate for life, and both parents help raise the young. The mating season runs from March to April, after which eggs are laid. Hatching begins 25 to 30 days later. Baby geese (goslings), which are covered in yellowish down, leave the nest shortly after hatching.
FoodCanada geese eat aquatic plants, insects, grass, soybeans and other crops.
PredatorsMink, raccoons, great-horned owls, fox and dogs.
Habitat and rangeLakes, ponds, marshes and rivers. Many Canada geese stay in Minnesota throughout the winter, although some migrate south to any number of states. They breed statewide, but are most common in the western and southern portions of the state."
- Minnesota DNR