February 27, 2017 – Brant or Brent Goose (Branta bernicla)
Found across much of the northern hemisphere, in North America, Europe, and Asia, these geese breed in the Arctic. They eat mostly eelgrass and other vegetation, along with some animal foods such as fish eggs, worms, and snails. Nesting in dense colonies in the low arctic and in more dispersed groups in the high Arctic, they line shallow depressions with down and plant materials and defend territories around the nests. Adults undergo a molt which leaves them unable to fly while they are incubating the eggs. After the goslings hatch, their parents lead them to food sources. They fledge in around 40 days and are able to breed after two or three years.