Cackling Goose

Branta hutchinsii
Cackling geese have short necks and small heads compared to the larger Canada goose/Photo Courtesy of Dr. Madeline Kalbach

The cackling goose was once considered a subspecies of the Canada goose. It is now recognized as a separate species, with several subspecies that use the refuge including Taverner’s, cackling and Aleutian. The Aleutian cackling goose was classified as an endangered species in 1967, primarily due to a declining population caused by predation on their nesting grounds from introduced arctic and red foxes. The status was changed to threatened in 1991 as populations began to rebound. This subspecies travels through the refuge in good numbers during spring and fall migrations, finding forage in short grass fields and pastures.

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Facts About Cackling Goose

Small goose with a round head

Looks like a miniature Canada goose

Frequently seen with Canada geese