- One adult Canada goose consumes 3 to 4 pounds of grass and creates 2 to 3 pounds of droppings per day!
- Canada geese can live 30+ years.
- A female Canada goose can successfully hatch up to 8 eggs per breeding season.
- One female goose can produce more than 240 goslings in her lifetime.
- Canada geese are divided into 2 separate population types: resident non-migratory groups and migratory groups.
- 6 distinctly different subspecies of Canada geese can be observed in the Pacific Northwest: 2 of which are listed as a species of concern.
- Oregon and Washington are located within the Pacific Flyway for migratory birds.
- In 2013, the Pacific Flyway population of Canada geese reached 220,000 individuals.
- The Pacific Flyway population of Canada geese has increased at a rate of 9% each year and is predicted to continue to rise exponentially.
- Canada geese are extremely adaptive and easily acclimate to man made habitats and urban areas.
- Humane management of Canada geese can help to stabilize populations and decrease conflict between these animals and humans.
Why is it important to help stabilize the Pacific Northwest’s Canada goose population?
The activities of large groups of Canada geese lead to soil erosion as a result of over-grazing of ground cover. This soil erosion when mixed with copious amounts of droppings leads to poor water quality. Because resident Canada geese do not migrate, the decline happens rapidly and integrated management plans are necessary to give more sensitive species a chance. Additionally, humans benefit from the process as well, and get to enjoy lush clean green spaces that have a diversity of wildlife to watch and enjoy. This is our goal. We want Canada geese to have a place in all of this as well, and our efforts serve to disperse the geese into smaller groups that will have a less deleterious impact on local habitats. If they aren’t going to migrate, then it is vital that they congregate in smaller groups to prevent habitat degradation and disease transmission between birds. At Geese Guys, we contribute to efforts that encourage ecosystem health and resilience and strive to support healthier wildlife and human populations.