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Snow Geese Fall Migration

Hundreds of thousands of snow geese cover the skies in Quebec, and you should see this phenomenon at least once in a lifetime


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Snow geese gather in unbelievable numbers during their migrations. Whether you are a passionate nature lover or an amateur ornithologist, you'll appreciate the sight of a huge bird colony. In late September, the daily counts at the Cap Tourmente National Wildlife Area can exceed 50,000 birds. The fall migration season in Quebec continues through late October.

Snow geese breed in the northeastern tip of Siberia, in Canada, Greenland, Alaska, and pass cold months in warm parts of North America: from Mexico through parts of the United States and to southwestern British Columbia. They fly as far south as Mexico and Texas during winter and return to the Arctic tundra every spring.

After the annual breeding season is over, snow geese return to Quebec. They move towards Lac-Saint-Pierre or northern Lake Champlain and stay there to eat leftover corn and oats on agricultural fields.

To catch the best moment, you should wake up really early to see the sunrise and birds flying all at once.

Did you know that these birds are mates for life? A one-day-old snow goose can walk 19 mi (30 km) and fly faster than 59 mi (95 km) per hour. Moreover, snow geese are able to make flights without pauses of up to 621 mi (1,000 km).