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Hot on the Trail: Guess Who’s Back?

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With rumours of sightings over the weekend, and photographic confirmation on Monday, March 9, the Canada geese have begun their migration north. Today, there are about 20 geese sitting out on Lake Devonian, next to the hole kept open by our aeration system.

 

What's Next?
Geese decide to return north based on a variety of triggers, mainly warming temperatures, melting of ice and snow, and southerly winds. Geese may also retreat southwards if winter conditions come back again, such as during last spring's cold snap.
Geese and other waterfowl need open water in order to find dependable food, and so will hang out around open patches on the rivers and any small lakes that open up. In the first weeks of April, geese that nest in southern Manitoba and within Winnipeg will already be defending their ideal nesting spots.
Geese heading further north, such as the Hudson's Bay Lowlands around Churchill, will spend the next several weeks in southern Manitoba waiting for the ice to melt, heading north when we no longer see temperatures dropping below freezing at night.
FortWhyte Alive Goose Return Records
March 14th, 2010
March 11th, 2011
February 7th, 2012
March 26th, 2013
March 13th, 2014
March 9th, 2015

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