The Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) on Vancouver Island, British Columbia

Neil K. Dawe1 and Andrew C. Stewart2

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Abstract: We speculate on the occurrence and distribution of the native Canada Goose on Vancouver Island before the arrival of the first Europeans and discuss the current taxonomy and status of native Canada Goose subspecies that breed, migrate through, or winter on the island. We also document Canada Goose introductions and consider the status of these exotic, ‘resident’ birds, their dispersal, and population growth. We conclude that before the introductions, the Canada Goose was only a rare breeding bird on the northern half of Vancouver Island.

Key words: Canada Goose, Branta canadensis, Vancouver Island, introductions, subspecies

PDFicon Dawe, N.K. and A.C. Stewart. 2010. The Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. British Columbia Birds 20:24-40.


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