A Look at the Snow Goose Species

Snow GooseSnow Geese are one of the many species of geese that are hunted yearly. However, compared to its relatives, there isn’t that much known about the snow goose. Let’s take a look at all there is to know about this species.

Up until a few years ago, there was a relatively low population of snow geese around the country. In fact, in 1916, the number of snow geese was so low that snow goose hunting was stopped to allow the animal to get back up to a normal population number. Then after 1975, the hunt was back on and thanks to a rapid proliferation in population, snow geese are now one of the most abundant waterfowl on the continent.

How will you know if you’ve run into a snow goose? You’ll know if the goose has a hefty bill and long, thick neck. Another distinguishing feature of the animal is its colors. Snow geese have a white body with black wingtips that can’t be seen on the ground but are noticeable when they are flying. They also have a pink bill with dark along it, known as the “grinning patch” or “black lips.”

Another sign you’ve found a snow goose is that it won’t be alone. They travel a couple dozen geese at a time and can form flocks of several hundred thousand. You will be able to notice them when they are flying, especially when they’re in a loose formation. You will find these groups in agricultural fields, as that’s where they go for food. Other places you might find them include lakes, ponds, marshes and open water.

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