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Canadian Geese

A study of the number of Canadian Geese found in a specific area versus time of day
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Alex Norton

on 9 May 2010

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Canadian Geese By: Alex Norton, Melanie Masanque,
Christina Kim and Jazmine Davis Introduction What is a Canadian Goose? - There are 11 species of canadia geese that have been recognized,
however only a few of them are distinctive. Habitat Canada Geese live in a great many habitats near water, grassy fields, and grain fields.
drawn to lawns for two reasons:
they can digest grass, and when they are feeding with their young
lawns give them a wide, unobstructed view of any possible predators. Food Spring & Summer
Geese concentrate their feeding on grasses and sedges, including cabbage leaves and eelgrass.
Fall and Winter
Rely on berries and seeds, including agricultural grains, and seem especially fond of blueberries. Nesting Nest Description:
large open cup on the ground, made of dry grasses, mosses, and other plant material, and lined with down and some body feathers.

Nest Placement:
On the ground, usually on a muskrat mound or other slightly elevated site, near water.
Prefer a spot from which they can have a fairly unobstructed view in many directions.
Female selects the site and does much of nest construction. Adds down feathers and some body feathers beginning after the second egg is laid.
Mate guards her and the nest. Hypothesis: If canadian geese are observed at different times of day, then there will be the most geese during the afternoon because that is when it is the warmest Materials & methods:

Canadian geese were observed three times a day during the same time interval to determine whether a correlation existed between the time of day and the number of geese present

Temperature was also recorded three times a day

Time Intervals
-Morning (8 a.m.- 11:30 a.m.)
-Afternoon (11:30 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.)
-Night (3:00 p.m.- 6:30 p.m.)

For how long?
-30-45 minutes per interval

Data collected over a period of one week

Data was collected at the duck pond at Virginia Tech
Results! Charts: Graphs: Monday 4/19
(Morning) 2 (62)
(Afternoon) 4 (67)
(Night) 2 (60)

Tuesday 4/20
(Morning) 3 (64)
(Afternoon) 4 (69)
(Night) 2 (62)


Number of Ducks vs. Time of Day and Temperature Wednesday 4/21
(Morning) 1 (58)
(Afternoon) 2 (60)
(Night) 1 (55)

Thursday 4/22
(Morning) 0 (63)
(Afternoon) 3 (66)
(Night) 3 (63)

Friday 4/23
(Morning) 3 (61)
(Afternoon) 2 (63)
(Night) 0 (60)
Sunday 4/25
(Morning) 2(65)
(Afternoon) 5 (72)
(Night) 3 (66)

Monday 4/26
(Morning) 1 (57)
(Afternoon) 2 (61)
(Night) 0 (54) *temperature is in (x) Discussion of graPHS graph #1
- This graph compares the number of geese to the time of day seen.
- This study is done over a period of seven days.
- The most geese were seen in the afternoon.


graph #2
- This graph compares the number of geese to the temperature at the time of the day recorded.
- On the hottest day, the most geese were seen (5 geese).
- During the colder days, the least geese were seen (0 to 1 goose). Conclusions: We saw the most geese when the temperature was above 64 degrees fahrenheit.
The average temperatures were - morning 61 degrees (f), afternoon 65 degrees (f) and night 60 degrees (f).
During the week of the experiment, very windy and rainy outside.
There was a sudden temperature drop right before experiment started Temperatures Time We could have observed at the same times every day
Could have picked a specific length of time to sit and observe (around 60 minutes)
Knowing what time of day the geese were most active would have been helpful Geese largest number of geese seen in one observation was 5 geese
during the cooler days, a lower number of geese were seen (0-1) Works Cited: http://nopests.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/hot-thermometer.gif

http://flgrube1.tripod.com/sitebuildercontent/sitebuilderpictures/canadian_goose_2.jpg

http://www.majestyofbirds.com/w_CanadaGeesemoon_lrg.jpg

"Canadian Goose." Kidzone.com. Kidzone- fun facts for kids, n.d. Web. 28 April 2010.

24060 weather forecast and conditions. (1995). Retrieved from http://www.weather.com/weather/today/24060:4 Where did this take place?? The Virginia Tech Duckpond We chose to view the entire duck pond for our experiment
By doing this, we were able to always know whether the animal was in our experimental area or not
There was no question to where a quadrant began or ended
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