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Are Rochester Geese Confused About The Weather Like We Are?

I noticed this at my local Hyvee over the weekend, did you?

It’s no secret that the weather has been all sorts of funky lately! However, this instance really had me scratching my head and gasping with panic!

TSM Rochester
TSM Rochester

Near the Hyvee on West Circle Drive NW, there is a small pond. Just as it started to snow on Sunday, I noticed a whole gaggle of geese that appeared to be TRAPPED in the pond… only, they weren’t really.

I swear I thought they were so confused about the weather, that they refrained from migrating when necessary. It turns out that wasn’t the case. In fact, I probably walked in on a party!


According to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, “Canada geese mate for life, and both parents help raise the young. The mating season runs from March to April, after which eggs are laid. Hatching begins 25 to 30 days later.” Who knew!?


Furthermore, there’s a reason the Canada geese seem to stay here… they like it! MDNR explains, “Many Canada geese stay in Minnesota throughout the winter, although some migrate south to any number of states. They breed statewide, but are most common in the western and southern portions of the state.” So, there you have it.

We can still be as confused as ever about the weather though…

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