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Spring Waterfowling: Quebec’s greater snow geese

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By the 1950s, the greater snow goose population had dwindled to only 12,000 birds. Today, greater snow goose numbers have grown to more than 1 million, and waterfowl managers consider the birds on the verge of overpopulation.

Between 400,000 and 750,000 greater snow geese will gather in the spring along the St. Lawrence River, where they gorge on spartina rhizomes at low tide to fatten themselves for their impending migration and the nesting season.

The St. Lawrence River and private landholdings in close proximity to Cap Tourmente Reserve are the cornerstones of Québec's superior snow goose hunting.

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