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"Kanata," Canada's Goose on the Loose

 

Last updated 5/25/2014 at 3:02pm

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Canada geese are established from Canada's east coast to west coast, and from Mexico to the Arctic. They are loosed and thriving across the land. Canada geese start out in a large group but gradually form smaller ones. These may be families, pairs or several young geese known as yearlings. The giant Canada Goose is likely the most known populated water bird in North America.

Kanata is a Huron word for 'village' or 'settlement. The Hurons first named flocks of geese 'Kanata' because these birds bred close to Indian settlements. 'Kanata' was also the name given to the French settlement of Stadacona, now Quebec City and was conformed to the English name: Canada. That name was given to the geese as well. What came first? The goose's name or the country's name? Today, Canada geese are established from Canada's east coast to west coast, and from Mexico to the Arctic. They are loosed and thriving across the land. Canada geese start out in a large group but gradual...



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