Did you know that there are eleven different species of geese? If we talk only about North America, the most commonly encountered species is the Canada goose. Although they prefer to stay in nesting areas during the breeding season when the climate changes; they prefer to migrate to the other parts of the state. However, there are a few Canada goose subspecies also known to be the non-migratory type.
There is a story that goes with geese migration.
During the first half of the previous century, some waterfowl hunters captured migratory geese and used them as live decoys. In this process, hunters clipped their feathers and added some weight to their legs so that these birds cannot fly; even when it is the season of migration.
Many such birds were bred in such captive conditions and further descendants, even after being able to fly, lost the thrill of migrating. With time, these large birds became year-round residents of the same area.
This live decoy concept was so powerful that the vast population of geese in the United States felt threatened. After this, to boost the population of these large birds, the professionals at wildlife service agencies in the United States lead special programs to repopulate geese in the area. They merely took some eggs from the non-migratory Canada geese and then incubated them. In this process, the mother geese used to lay another batch of eggs, and with time it started increasing the number of bird species hatching every year.
As a result of this repopulation program, the count of Canada geese increased so high in a few years that professionals were forced to stop the process in the 1990s. Moreover, there was some unintended impact of this program; the hatched geese were not capable enough to fly far enough to Canada to reach their nests and hence, they also became non-migratory birds with time.
Although we cannot say that the Canada geese won’t leave or migrate in any season when they feel scarcity of food or lack of security for their nest, the fact is that their travel ranges are minimal, and they return in a short time. They don’t even worry about weather changes; they have learned the tactics to stay active in all conditions without changing their habitat. This story tells the facts behind why geese don’t go away in today’s age. Therefore, it is vital that residents find ways to make their property unappealing to geese so they will not stay there all year round.
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