Anishinaabe Word of The Day

Snow goose (wewe)

The snow goose (Anser caerulescens) is a species of goose native to North America. Both white and dark morphs exist, the latter often known as blue goose. Its name derives from the typically white plumage. The species was previously placed in the genus Chen, but is now typically included in the “gray goose” genus Anser.[2][3]

Snow geese breed north of the timberline in GreenlandCanadaAlaska, and the northeastern tip of Siberia, and spend winters in warm parts of North America from southwestern British Columbia through parts of the United States to Mexico.[4] Snow goose populations increased dramatically in the 20th century.


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Like the Snowy Owl and Snow Bunting, the Snow Goose nests at the “top of the world” on tundra, much of it above the Arctic Circle. This means that from about late March to late October, this is a wilderness bird. This fact, however, is easily dismissed in fall and winter by people enjoying the sight of thousands of gleaming-white birds coming in to land at national wildlife refuges, including California’s Salton Sea, New Mexico’s Bosque del Apache, Texas’s Anahuac, and Delaware’s Prime Hook, as well as other wetland areas.

Although one of the world’s most abundant waterfowl species, the Snow Goose is regularly seen by fewer people than is the familiar Canada Goose. This is mainly because, as well as being a tundra nester, the Snow Goose tends to concentrate in key migration and wintering spots and thus is not as widespread.


Related Words

Dabasa’amoog we’weg. Wiiba wii-soogipon.
The snow geese are flying low. Soon it will snow.

Niibiwa ogashkoomaa’ we’we’.
He is able to carry a lot of snow geese on his back.