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#20239

OMG: Do geese migrate in the winter? Because I see them flying in these V formations all the time like every other type of bird, but there have been three heavy snowfalls already and there are still geese prancing around v1 green like they're immune to cold or something.

5 comments

  1. geese at UW don't migrate, ever.
    it is known.

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  2. Canada geese do migrate, however here we do have a permanent population that remains through the winter. Not as many as we have on campus for the rest of the year, but some do stay the whole year.

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  3. Once a flock of Canadian Geese stop migrating for a couple winters, their chicks don't learn the route to the warmer places they're supposed to spend the winters in. Because of global warming and the abundance of food around campus, the geese stopped migrating during a few especially warm winters. So now it's not because they don't want to migrate (as you can see by their confused attempts at flying in the V-shaped migrating patterns) it's that they can't anymore. it's really sad actually, a lot of them die of cold and starvation in the winters. Last year was especially bad, but UW groundskeepers are pretty good at cleaning up the dead bodies before too many people notice them.

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  4. Geese don't actually migrate until their food supply runs out.

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  5. They do, but if they are too old, sick, or have a disability like a deformed foot or wing, they will stay here.

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