A Canada Goose was depicted on the 1997 Duck Stamp (inset, top right). Will a similar one be portrayed on the 80th stamp? Come be part of the excitement at the 2012 Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest held at Weber State University, Ogden, Utah on September 28-29.
Canada Geese (Branta canadensis): It is considered the big game of North American waterfowl. Although there are variations of size and color among the different subspecies, the tell tale hallmark is the black stocking neck and head and the prominent white cheek patch. All Canada geese are wily, cunning, alert, and strong. The grandest of all Canada geese is the common Canada goose. It is a huge fellow with a wing span as much as 5 feet and can weigh up to 13 pounds. It is affectionately known as a âhonkerâ in reference to its stirring bugle like call that comes down from the high-flying âVâ formations during migration. Except for the laugh of the loon on northern lakes no other sound signals the spirit of wilderness. The common Canada goose appears in most states at some season of the year. They breed from Alaska and Canada all the way down to southern states of North America. For all its wariness, they are easily domesticated to the point of becoming year round residents. As long as food and water remain available, geese will make a place home.
Photo Credit: USFWS
March 28, 2014
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