How did Canada geese get their name?
There is an urban legend that a man named John Canada was the taxidermist who first identified and classified the Canada Goose from the North. He decided to name the bird after himself, hence the name Canada Goose.
To begin with, a "taxidermist" mounts the skins of animals. If the man was a biologist who classified new animal species, he would be a "taxonomist".
However, no record of a John Canada exists in either profession.
The first recorded use of the name, 'Canada goose' appeared in 1772 in Carl Linnaeus' 8th-century work, Systema Naturae.
James Audubon called it the Canada goose in 1836.
The name Canada comes from the St. Lawrence Iroquoian word kanata, meaning "village" or "settlement". In 1535, indigenous inhabitants of the present-day Quebec City region used the word to direct French explorer Jacques Cartier to the village of Stadacona. By 1545, some European books and maps had begun referring to this region as Canada. In the 17th and early 18th centuries, "Canada" referred to the part of New France that lay along the St. Lawrence River and the northern shores of the Great Lakes. The area was later split into two British colonies, Upper Canada and Lower Canada. They were re-unified as the Province of Canada in 1841 and upon Confederation in 1867, Canada was adopted as the legal name for the new country.
Their real name is Branta Canadensis, but seeing as they're geese,why not call them Canadian geese? Both names work, really. Actually the common name is Canada goose, not Canadian. Heck, those gooses might be from the U.S. And if they are hatched on Canadian soil then they are Canadian Canada geese if you must. Also, there are several sub-species of this beautiful brant. Why not web search "Canada goose, sub-species"? Have you ever seen geese…
Canada geese migrate to find food. In Canada, when the grass is frozen over, the geese fly elsewhere. They fly in a V shape so every geese can get to their destination safely. They don't use magnetism or the sun to get to the destination, they use landmarks learnt by their parents or flock. Hope this helps :)
The Canada Goose is named after a man with the last name of Canada, therefore the proper name is Canada Goose. The goose does not come strictly from Canada- so it is not a Canadian goose. The plural is also a group of Canada geese. The story of John Canada has not been proven but the name Canada Goose was also used by Audubon.
The scientific name of the Canada Goose is Branta canadensis. Although they are named for Canada, Canada geese are found all over North America at various times of the year. In the summer, Canada geese make their homes throughout most of Canada, Alaska and the northern United States. Some northern populations even make the trip over to Greenland! In the winter, most Canada geese seek warmer climates. While many do winter in southern Canada, most…