Canadian Geese

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What they eat:

Geese tend to eat aquatic plants & animals when in water. Or else, these birds often graze the land near fresh water during spring and summer seasons and eat seeds and berries in fields during fall and winter. Wild geese can eat up to 2.2 lbs of grass per day

Nesting habits:

Typical nesting habitats include a large open cup on the ground with 2-8 eggs inside.

They’re normally located on elevated sites. 

Migration Patterns

Canadian Geese can form flocks of many thousands in fall and winter to migrate. Or, remain in the same place all year. Geese migrate up to 1500km per migration

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Where geese tend to live:

Geese tend to live near rivers and lakes. They’re attracted to lawns for two reasons:

1. For the availability of food.

2. When they have young goslings, flat lawns allow the geese to look out for predators lurking around.

Health concerns and possible damage:

Canadian geese are known to be aggressive if threatened. Especially when surrounded by their goslings, Canada Geese are known to attack humans if they feel their goslings are in danger.

As for Canada geese feces, they can be hazardous to people’s health when inhaled or ingested. As such, walking past goose droppings, is relatively safe. However, the elderly, children and pregnant women can be particularly susceptible to the health risks posed by the parasites living inside Canadian geese feces.

Geese droppings normally contain the parasites  cryptosporidium, giardia, coliform, and campylobacter.

Lockbird recommends the following deterrent strategy:

We've written an entire article covering the best geese deterrent strategies as well as the best tools to use against these birds. Make sure to check them out here and here.