WILDLIFE CONSERVATION/WATERFOWL

How Targeted Conservation Efforts Can Lead to the Successful Recovery of a Species

The adaptable and resilient Canada geese

B.R. Shenoy
The New Outdoors
Published in
3 min readJun 8, 2024

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Canada Geese
Credit: B.R. Shenoy

During my recent holiday in the Washington, DC area, I was intrigued by the prevalence of Canada Geese. These unique geese have black necks and heads with a white chin strap. These distinguishing characteristics make them easily identifiable as a common waterfowl species in North America.

I found it quite interesting to see their distinct V-shaped flying formations, which are known for helping reduce wind resistance and conserve energy.

Canada Geese
Credit: B.R. Shenoy

Interestingly, they were once thought of as symbols of wilderness. As Audubon notes:

“Canada Geese may be seemingly everywhere now, but in the early 1900s, their numbers had been decimated due to habitat loss and hunting. Today there are more than 5 million Canada Geese across North America thanks to conservation efforts and regulations.”

This impressive recovery highlights the importance of environmental protection measures. It’s uplifting to witness the…

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B.R. Shenoy
The New Outdoors

World Traveler•Expat on 3 Continents•12x Boosted Writer•Editor:The Shortform• NewsBreak Writer•MS Toxicology •Proud Mom of 2•. https://brshenoy.substack.com.