Branta canadensis

Canada geese are well known for their seasonal migrations. The sight of birds flying in V-formation, coupled with the distinct honk-hink call, is a sure sign of migrating geese. The V-formation saves energy for flock members flying behind the leader. By flying a little higher than the bird in front, other members of the flock are met with less wind resistance. When the leader gets tired, another experienced flock member will take their place.

   Although the Canada goose is a familiar bird to many, there are several different subspecies including dusky, Moffitt’s, and cackling geese. They can often be seen in lawns, fields, and wetland habitats.