Did you know that geese:

- eat more than 1-5 pounds of grass per day
- produce about 1-2 lbs of waste per day
- average about 5 goslings per year
- weigh 20 to 25 pounds
- mate for life and will stay together
throughout the year
- are federally protected by the
Migratory Bird Treaty Act
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Mating
•        Mating season is February to early April.
•        Geese will find a new mate if the mate is killed or dies.
•        Geese return to the area of their birth each year to mate         
      and nest.

Nesting
•        Nesting season is Mid March to May.
•        Geese begin to nest at the age of 2.
•        Geese will return to the exact site of the previous years nest
      or sometimes a nearby pond or other body of water.
•        When geese are chased from their traditional nesting area they
     find alternative sites to nest.
•        Geese will appear in pairs during nesting season. A solitary goose
     typically indicates that a nest is in the vicinity and "he" is
     standing guard.
•        The average number of eggs in a nest is 5-6. However, there can
      be as many as 10-12.  
•        Incubation time is 28 – 30 days.

Hatching/Maturing
•        The goslings will be able to fly in 2-3 months.
•        During the maturing time the adult geese do not leave the area.
•        The geese will attack humans while protecting their young.
•        The maturing period of the goslings overlaps with the molting
      season for the adults.

Molting
•        Molting season runs from early June to late July.
•        Adult geese lose wing feathers during this time and are unable
      to fly.
•        Geese can fly again approximately 6 weeks after molting.
•        Generally by August all geese are able to fly.
•        During the molt geese need to be near water (any water) for
      easy escape from predators.

Migration
•        Migration season is October through March.
•        Migratory geese flight range can be 2 – 3 thousand miles.
•        Migratory geese do not become resident geese unless they are
      injured.
•        Resident geese do not know how to migrate.
•        Resident geese can fly long distances as their migratory cousins,
      but generally have learned that it is not necessary.
•        Generally, during this time (from end of molt to beginning to
      mating) resident geese will be "pond hopping" and foraging to find
      food, water and safety. Although, resident geese have a flight
      range of 100-200 miles, they typically stay within a smaller
      radius.
•        Migratory geese will "pond hop" and forage during this same
      period until their migration habits take them back north for
      mating.