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Branta canadensis; Canada Geese; dispersal; migratory behavior; non-migratory geese; recruitment

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Population Growth And Movements Of Canada Geese In New Haven, Connecticut During A 25-Year History, Michael R. Conover Jan 2011

Population Growth And Movements Of Canada Geese In New Haven, Connecticut During A 25-Year History, Michael R. Conover

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In the last few decades, Canada Geese (Branta canadensis) have become established in metropolitan areas throughout North America. From 1984 through 2009, Canada Geese in New Haven County, Connecticut, were banded as goslings (HY geese) and adults (AHY), and their movements and recruitment into the local breeding population were documented. During this period, the number of Canada Geese increased several fold in Connecticut. Geese were non-migratory; most recoveries (85%) of banded Canada Geese came from Connecticut, and 76% came from New Haven County. Dispersal rates outside of Connecticut peaked during 1990–1994 when 23% of all reported geese were shot ...