Canada Geese Research Paper

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New York State in the early 1900s contained only a few Canada Geese that were the descendents of captive birds released by private individuals in the Lower Hudson Valley. Local flocks grew rapidly and migrated to other areas. Now the Canada goose population in New York is close to 200,000 birds. 200,000! Most geese begin breeding when they are 2 to 3 years old and nest every year for the rest of their lives, which can last more than 20 years. At an average of 5 to 6 eggs per nest, a female goose may produce more than 50 young over her lifetime. Canada geese have a strong tendency to return to where they were born and use the same nesting and feeding sites. This makes it hard to eliminate geese once they become settled in a local area. Areas

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