Message 1 of 2 , Jul 14, 2008View Source<<What I'd like to know is when did the Bay Area start becoming a home base
for either a migrating or resident population of Canada geese?>>
Add to that question, "Fresno-Madera" area as well!
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As to the Bay Area, a semi-captive flock in Oakland was breeding by 1956, and a feral population, thought to be moffitti in origin, was established in the SanMessage 1 of 2 , Jul 14, 2008View SourceAs to the Bay Area, a semi-captive flock in Oakland was breeding by
1956, and a feral population, thought to be moffitti in origin, was
established in the San Francisco Bay area by 1959 (Lidicker & McCollum,
1979, "Canada Goose Goose established as a breeding species in San
Francisco Bay," Western Birds 10: 159-162). It has exploded from there.
The above snippet is from Roberson & Tenney (1993) Atlas of the Breeding
Birds of Monterey County, which goes on to explain the feral
population's start and status there. Similar details are available in a
number of other Breeding Bird Atlas project publications for their local
Pacific Grove CA