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Mar 24, 2015

Almost 6 million Snow Geese head north across U.S. and Canada

Photo by Sean Simmers
Tens of thousands of Snow Geese ~ Middle Creek Wildlife Area
Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
Photo by Simon Pierre Barrette
500,000 Snow Geese visit Cap Tourmente National Wildlife Area in early April
at Bair-du-Febvre, Quebec, Canada
Photo by Doug French / Barcroft Media
1.2 million Snow Geese migrate north through Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge
Missouri, U.S.A.
Snow Geese (Anser caerulescens) number approximately 5.8 million birds in North America (5 million Lesser Snow Geese and 800,000 Greater Snow Geese). Lesser Snow Geese have shown a 300% increase in their numbers since the mid-1970s and are found from Alaska to the eastern seaboard.   Greater Snow Geese (caerulescens atlanticus) occur from Nunavut in northern Canada to Greenland.   Snow Geese are now among the most abundant waterfowl in North America and are eating themselves out of house and home in many areas. Hunters take approximately 400,000 birds each year in the U.S.A. and Canada.  
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