|Youth FIRST goose-craft!|
Youth FIRST will meet at 10 am, Saturday, December 6, at Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge, to learn about the geese that are wintering at the Refuge. Here are some fast facts about geese for our readers.
Why do geese fly in a “V” formation? It would be too hard to fly in an “S”... Actually, it conserves energy and makes it easier to keep track of each other.
What is a gaggle? A group of geese on the ground is called a gaggle or flock. A skein is a group in flight, and if flying in a “V” formation, they are called a wedge.
A nickname for the Canada goose is “the honker”.
A Blue Goose is a dark morph Snow Goose, with a white face, dark brown body, and white under the tail. The Blue Goose mascot for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife is named Puddles and is bright blue!
Love to hear the geese call? Listen here.
Have your ducks in a row? You might have a
Brace of ducks - a pair; Flock of ducks – on the ground; Flush of ducks – taking flight; Paddling of ducks or raft of ducks - group swimming; Team of ducks – group in flight
If you've heard one quack…you haven’t heard them all – most species have their own quack and male and females may have different quacks.
A goose or duck by any other name: Baby ducks - ducklings; Baby geese - goslings; Male ducks - drakes; Male geese - ganders
Eggs laid are called a clutch – there may be 10 – 20 in a clutch
Certified swimmers – goslings and ducklings can swim as soon as they ready to fledge.
Diving ducks are found on oceans, seas and inland water; dabblers are found on creeks and inland pools.
The lowdown on “down” – the small, soft feathers that provide insulation for birds, and when collected, for man. Down from Eider ducks is believed to be superior.