Vancouver Canada Geese feeding on the Mendenhall Wetlands
- In winter these geese feed on the sprouts of Lyngby's Sedge (Carex lyngbyei)
- Protein and nitrogen requirements of Canada Geese are highest in late winter and spring.
- Why are the sedge sprouts more nutritious at this time?
- As the greenery fades in the fall, a good deal of the nutrient value of the sedge moves down to the top of the root stock, where it is available for the initial growth surge in spring.
- Geese search for and dig out this high-quality food, which provides a good deal of their conditioning for nesting.
- To learn more about the Mendenhall Wetlands look at Mendenhall Wetlands
- To learn about Canada Geese look at this essay by Mary Willson.