Rochester, New York City Guide
Rochester, NY City Guide

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Canada Goose Branta canadensis


If you are interested in reading more about Mallard ducks connect to the Rochester Public Library's electronic online card catalog.


Canada Geese are very common in Upstate New York. They are frequently seen in the following locations:

The shores of the Lake Ontario, Genesee River and its tributaries, The Erie Canal, Mendon Ponds Park, Ellison Park, Durand Eastman Park, and almost any other aquatic habitat. They are seen in large numbers at the Iroquois Wildlife Refuge and the Montezuma Wildlife Refuge.

Canada Geese are seen almost everywhere in the Rochester area.  Marketplace Mall geese are particularly tame if you want to see them up close.  To see them in numbers visit one of the refuges below.

Life History


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Canada Goose Adult Canada Goose Adult close-up Canada Goose Adult head extended Canada Goose gossling

Rochester Birding Organizations


  • All About Birds. Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
  • BirdJam.  "BirdJam is the fastest and easiest-to-use bird song identification tool for the Apple iPod® and iPhone. In less than 15 seconds, you can find and listen to any of 1,000+ bird species plus dozens of frogs and toads.  Click on the LEARN tab above to hear samples of our great songs that include multiple sounds, calls and chips."