(Branta canadensis). Patient Number 20-2038.
Date admitted: November 8th, 2020.
Reason for admission: Unable to fly.
The Canada goose is the most common waterfowl species in North America. The species is widely distributed; their range includes the Arctic regions of the continent south into the United States, where they prefer to congregate, on or close to freshwater rivers and lakes.
In Canada, most Canada geese migrate south for the winter. Their characteristic V-shaped flying formation, and frequent "honks," signal the transitions into spring and autumn.
During migration Canada geese typically fly at an altitude of 1 kilometre (3,000 feet), but have been reported by pilots at altitudes of 9 kilometres (29,000 feet)!
The Canada goose is a large bird. Adults typically weigh between 3.2-6.5 kilograms (7-14 pounds). They are easily distinguished from all other goose species by their black heads and necks, and characteristic white "chinstraps". In 1986, the Bank of Canada introduced its "Birds of Canada" series; the Canada goose was featured on the $100 note.
This Canada Goose was rescued and brought to AIWC for care after being found unable to fly. He/she was found to have some wounds on the carpals (ends of the wings) and was in thin body condition. We are hopeful he/she will make a full recovery soon and be returned back to the wild.