Red Deer River Naturalists

The Red Deer river Naturalists are a group dedicated to learning about and preserving natural history. They have regular programs with speakers and many field trips.


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Thursday, November 8, 2012

The Canada Geese Have Decided

    The Canada geese have decided that it is time to fly south. Many flocks of geese were flying over Red Deer today. Most flocks were in the 30 -50 goose size. A couple of flocks were in the hundreds. I saw one flock that was probably 2000. I was a large somewhat disorganized flock.

    All of these birds where 200 m - 500 m high and they were not wasting anytime moving in a southerly direction. A winter storm has moved into this area with heavy snow and the temperatures are going to be much lower. So even the larger bodies of water may freeze over and the snow will be covering their food.

    These birds will probably fly south until they find water that's not frozen and feed that's not covered with snow.

    Soon we will have only a few geese left on open areas of river such as the Dickson dam.

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