On 16 November, John Holden and I checked out the New Prague, Minnesota, sewage treatment ponds. This location often harbors migrating waterfowl, and this day was no exception. Nearby, among a large flock of loafing Canada Geese, we spied a solitary Greater White-fronted Goose.
White-fronted Geese breed in arctic regions around the the world. They migrate over much of Canada and the United States, and winter in California, the Southeast, and in Mexico. In our country, it is most common west of the Mississippi River. The numbers of this goose have fluctuated greatly since the early 1950s, declining from over-hunting and habitat destruction (Ely and Dzubin 1994). Nevertheless, over a million birds inhabited North America in 1994.