Why do geese poop so much?

Canada Goose. DORIS MAY

Geese certainly do poop a lot — in fact, they can poop up to 15 times per hour! They poop the most when they are eating roots and rhizomes (underground stems) from plants in the mud. The roots and rhizomes are high in fibre, helping the food pass through the goose’s digestive system in as little as one hour!

Not all snow geese are as white as snow. A blue morph snow goose is dark brown all over with a white head or face. G. ROMANCHUK

This article originally ran in Nature Alberta Magazine – Spring 2023.