Newly hatched look like ducklings with yellow and gray feathers and a dark bill for first 9-10 weeks.
Will breed fairly early in the year, with nesting usually happening around late Spring.
During the incubation period, adults lose their flight feathers, so they cannot fly until after their eggs hatch (25-28 days).
Females lay 4-8 eggs.
These geese are family-oriented and mate for life.
Their life span in the wild is 10-24 years.
Location - Low areas with lots of open water to provide them with safety. The Great Lakes has a particularly large population of Canada Geese. In urban areas they have become a common sighting in city parks.
Nesting - Typically on the ground on islands and shorelines. Generally a female will return to where her parents nested.
Feeding – Vegetation, grains, aquatic plants.
Migration – Migrate south when the ground begins to freeze in Fall. During Spring they migrate to their breeding grounds. Often seen flying in V-shaped formation whilst migrating.