Snow goose

LIVING HABITS

The snow goose is a common species in Alaska, Canada and the eastern parts of Siberia. In Europe the snow goose can only be found in Greenland. The individuals spotted in Finland are most probably escapees from European wildlife parks, or otherwise lost from their migration routes. The snow goose did breed in Finland at least in the 1980’s, to some degree. In the summer the snow goose thrives in tundra areas with short vegetation, preferably by the water. In the summer the snow goose feeds on grass and roots. In the winter the birds seek their way to farmlands along the coastlines, eating crops and vegetables.

PROTECTION

The snow goose is a thriving species globally.

ADAPTING TO THE WINTER

Snow geese migrate through North America to the Western coasts and to Mexico for winter grounds.

Snow goose

Anser caerulescens

Snow goose

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SIZE: Weight: 2,4-3,3kg, wingspan: 135-165cm.

BREEDING: The female lays 4-5 eggs, incubation period: 24 days and nights. Independent in its first winter, sexual maturity reached in 2 years.

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Did you know that in the start of the 1900’s the snow goose was about to become extinct? The population has rebounded though strongly: nowadays there are about 6-7 million individuals, and the snow goose is considered as one of the most numerous water birds.