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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

Whether you are a passionate nature lover or an amateur ornithologist, coming up close to the snow geese and absorb the state of Quebec nature at its best will be your best choice.

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.

Snow geese who are mates for life, tend to gather in unbelievable numbers during their migrations. These unique birds can walk 18.64 mi (30 km) when it is one day old and fly faster than 59 mi (95 km) per hour. Moreover, these birds are able to make flights without pauses of up to 621.37 mi (1 000 km). They fly as far south as Mexico and Texas during winter and return on 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. The fall migration from late September to late October is a preparation for the next trip back south for wintering.

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

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