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Hot on the Trail: Geese on the Go?

 

Geese

Gone are the golden days of autumn, the coloured leaves and honking flocks of geese heading south. But wait, what’s this? Apparently someone forgot to tell these geese who are still chilling out (literally!) on the frozen waters of Lake Devonian! What’s going on? Why are they still here?

There is not a definitive answer to this question, but one thing is certain: these geese are in no danger of freezing and they will migrate when they are ready. Canada geese can survive, even in extremely cold temperatures, as long as they have access to food and even a little bit of open water. They will not become frozen in the ice and can take off or land just as easily on a solid surface as they can on water.

Several factors may be contributing to when the geese decide to leave, other than the temperature. A later spring might have led to goslings hatched later in the season, needing a little longer to prepare for their first migratory flight. It is also possible that warm weather in late October kept the ground from freezing and allowed geese continued access to food and water sources.

Whatever the reason, there is no doubt that the dark geese dotting Lake Devonian’s sparkling white surface are a special sight not to be missed.

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