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287 SPRING EQUINOX
Platte River, Nebraska. A flock of Canada geese welcomes the sunrise over the Platte River. Like most geese, the Canada goose is naturally migratory. They fly in V-shaped formations and their calls signal the seasonal transitions from winter to spring and summer to fall. Adult Canada geese are often seen leading their goslings in a line, usually with one parent in the back and one parent in the front. In mild climates, such as the Pacific Northwest, some of the Canada goose population has become nonmigratory due to a lack of former predators and their ability to adapt to humans. The Canada goose eats a variety of grasses and grains such as wheat, beans, rice and corn. In the water, it feeds from silt at the bottom of the body of water and also on aquatic plants. The lifespan of a Canada Goose is 10 to 24 years.