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Is the correct term Canada Goose or Canadian Goose?

According to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, the name is Canada Goose. The big, black-necked Canada Goose with its signature white chinstrap mark is a familiar and widespread bird of fields and ...
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Why would a Canada Goose sleep on a frozen pond?

it's not cold for a goose, as they bring their insulating down-filled sleeping gear with them. ponds/lakes are safer for them than a field where predators are more common. Typically in a flock, not ...
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Is this bar-headed goose's behavior an indication of a problem?

Paul Lydon could be right. The behavior is designed to encourage worms to come to the surface, to make it easier for the geese to find and eat. From the same Wikipedia page he quoted, entitled Worm ...
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Is this bar-headed goose's behavior an indication of a problem?

I have seen gulls do exactly that. It is known as: Worm charming, worm grunting, and worm fiddling are methods of attracting earthworms from the ground. The activity is usually performed to collect ...
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Why would a Canada Goose sleep on a frozen pond?

There are a few reasons why Canada Geese sleep on the ice. michael has covered them, so this is supplementary. In simplest terms, it's because they live in the water, and are able to tolerate frozen ...
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Is a sentinel (guard) Canada Goose always a male, or a female, or does it vary?

When geese are feeding it is not specified as far as I can tell, but during nesting it is the male who does the guarding. Wary - Alert for danger. Often while the flock is feeding, individuals ...
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Is the correct term Canada Goose or Canadian Goose?

In British English there's no doubt. Sources including the prestigious Royal Society for the Protection of Birds use Canada Goose every time (often abbreviated to Canada in the field) . But bird ...
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How do I safely move around Canada Geese?

It looks like geese attacks are far more common in the spring when they are defending their nests. Realistically, you just want to treat them like any other wild animals and give them enough space and ...
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How many hours a day, on average, do Canada Geese sleep?

It looks like they spend very little time during the day sleeping, Aleutian Canada geese in the northern, Arcata study area in 2002 spent 87.0% of the daylight hours actively foraging (SE = 0.01, n ...
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Is this bar-headed goose's behavior an indication of a problem?

I raised both domestic and wild breeds of geese and other water fowl for a number of years. Eating human foods such as bread are notoriously poor for birds, especially wild breeds including bird ...
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Would a Canada Goose deliberately try to keep a section of water from freezing?

I recently witnessed something I’ve never seen before, so I asked the same question, and my search brought me here. I live in Minnesota, and we have a medium size pond at the back of our property that ...
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Is the correct term Canada Goose or Canadian Goose?

eBird, which is for recording species lists created by the Audubon Society and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology uses "Canada Goose". But, it should also be noted (as others have already done so) that ...
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Is the correct term Canada Goose or Canadian Goose?

For branta canadensis, it is "Canada Goose". As I suggested in my previous answer to a related question of yours, language is a stupid form of communication. Reputable sources in this link say it is ...
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Dead Canada goose stuck frozen to top of lake

The most likely cause of death would be a crash landing. When geese come in for a landing after a long flight they are exhausted and look for lakes or ponds to land on because they can glide in onto ...
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How do I safely move around Canada Geese?

From your description of the area and given that it's springtime, it seems entirely possible the geese are nesting in the brush on either side of the path. In that case I would avoid attempting to go ...
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Where do Canada geese live at night?

Ducks and geese mostly sleep on the water, though occasionally you'll see some sleeping on the shore. Being on the water keeps them safe from landbound predators while they sleep. If they're not ...
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How do I safely move around Canada Geese?

Most of the time geese will make only token gestures of aggression. Don't make sudden movements, just walk past them, and they'll begrudgingly move out of the way. But for a month or two every ...
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Can skunk spray be fatal to geese or other animals?

TLDR: It has happened once to a dog and it is possible that it could happen to birds but I can find no instances of it happening. In rare cases, skunk spray can have more effects than just smell on a ...
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Is the correct term Canada Goose or Canadian Goose?

The only truly correct term is Branta canadensis. Otherwise, for everyday English, the quote from the suggested edit is completely correct. The colloquial term is "Canada goose". There is a lot of ...
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Would a Canada Goose deliberately try to keep a section of water from freezing?

I tried to research your question, but could find no information - credible or otherwise - which would suggest a deliberate behavior. So, my answer is just a guess. First off, Canada geese feed by ...
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