Lesser Snow Goose Migration GPS Tracking

Welcome to the great migration of the lesser snow goose (Chen caerulescens caerulescens). Though we only follow the migration of a few radio tagged lesser snow geese (tagged in Banks Island Migratory Bird Sanctuary) with cellular GPS tracking devices, there are over 10,000,000 geese making the trek. They travel from Arctic breeding grounds in Alaska and Canada to wintering grounds in southern United States and northern Mexico.

A Bit of History

In the 1970s, this species was considered at risk. Since then, the population has increased nearly 1,200%! The species is now considered overabundant and are not only causing damage to crop lands (their main food sources during migration are corn, peas, and cereal grains) along their annual migration routes, but also to their summer breeding grounds, which are home to dozens of other bird species.

The Government of Canada has identified the reduction of lesser snow goose numbers as a priority for conservation efforts.

Albertans Unite

As a concerned conservationist in Alberta, you can spread the word! The overpopulation of the lesser snow goose is a great opportunity to truly put our conservation efforts to work.

Learn more here.

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Thank you to our partner on this project. We couldn't have done it without you.

Other Resources

Government of Canada Arctic Goose Joint Venture


Alberta Conservation Association (ACA) is providing radio tagged geese GPS-located information for general audience consumption and is not intended for specific activities or purposes. For those using the GPS information for specific activities or personal purposes, ACA has implemented a 24-hour delay on the provided GPS data.

The GPS tracking devices provide information via cellular towers. Therefore, if the radio tagged geese are not in range of cellular towers, GPS tracking data will not be available.