Range/Habitat: Snow geese live across North America near bodies of water. They can be seen in open fields or high overhead while migrating.
Behavior: Snow geese are herbivores and eat grasses, sedges, forbs, shrubs, and willows. They consume nearly any part of plant. Goslings will sometimes eat fly larva for extra protein. Females will forage for up to 18 hours a day prior to breeding and hardly eat at all once they begin incubating the eggs.
Breeding: Snow geese mate for life and While incubating, males act as sentry to guard the eggs. Females lay 2-6 eggs per clutch; hatchlings are born precocial (well developed).
Conservation: Listing: Least Concern. Snow geese populations have increased rapidly since the mid 1900s, possibly as a result of global warming in their breeding grounds. Their remote breeding grounds keep them relatively protected from habitat loss.