The Migration of Snow Geese

During the summer months, the young geese feed and grow rapidly. Once summer has ended, in late August, the family will begin their journey and take their place in the V formation. Young geese making their first migration and older or infirm birds travel near the back of the formation where wind drag is reduced. The snow geese take one of three established routes, known as flyways, to migrate. One of the flyways runs through the Great Lakes region and down the Mississippi Valley, another runs over the Rocky Mountains and across the Great Plains and the third runs down the Pacific Coast. Creatures of habit, they follow the same routes and stop in the same places year after year, the same ones as their parents before them.

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