You got that right. I said “poop”. There is an awful lot we don’t know about the Canada goose including how much poop they can produce in a day.
Here are just a few things you might not know about our feathered friends from the North:
- It is incorrect to call them Canadian geese. It is a Canada goose or Canada geese.
- The average lifespan of a wild Canada goose is 24 years.
- While on the ground, a flock of geese is called a gaggle. In the air, a flock of geese is called a skein.
- Canada geese have an enlarged bone at the end of each wing, similar to a wrist. Though unlikely, an adult Canada goose is capable of breaking a human limb with this part of its wing.
- There are 11 subspecies of Canada goose. In general, they get smaller as you move northward and darker as you go westward.
- Geese can cover 1,500 miles in just 24 hours with a favorable wind, but typically travel at a much more leisurely rate.
- Geese fly in a V formation because it creates a current of air that makes flight more efficient and allows for better communication (guess they don’t listen to iPods when they travel).
- Goslings begin communication with their parents while still in the egg and learn up to 13 different calls by adulthood. Females have a deeper voice.
- Canada geese are one of the most hazardous species associated with aircraft bird strikes. In 2009, US Airways Flight 1549 struck two geese six minutes after takeoff and ditched into New York’s Hudson River. All 155 passengers survived the crash (the geese did not).
- Canada geese have bills with serrated edges that help them cut tough grass stems.
- Loosely based on a true story, the film Fly Away Home depicts a father and daughter rescuing 16 orphaned Canada geese by escorting them some 1,000 miles from Ontario to North Carolina in ultralight aircraft decorated like mother birds. The truth? Bill Lishman spent five years training geese to follow him in flight as a biological experiment.
- Some claim Canada geese poop as much as one pound per day. However, in a study conducted by Dr. Bruce Manny, research fishery biologist with the U.S. Geological Survey, the average goose produces 0.3432 pounds (5.49 ounces) of wet droppings per day. At 21.04 percent solids in the average goose dropping, this amount of wet droppings is equivalent to 0.0722 pounds (1.15 ounces) of dry droppings per day.
- Still others claim that Canada geese are trained in Canadian terrorist camps up in the bush and are sent to the United States by the heavily underfunded Canadian Armed Forces to conduct characteristically passive-aggressive strikes on their southern neighbors. Well. search as I may, I could not find any information to dispute this claim.