Prairie Barbie

Prairie momma, modern homesteader, blogger, advocate for rural living.  Making life as beautiful as possible.

Easter Geese

What did y'all do for Easter?  I hope there was a time of connection and reflection for everyone.  Easter was a little different for us this year.  We found ourselves kind of scattered to the wind.  That meant there was an opportunity for me to spend some momma time with just my boys. 

My boys love science and nature.  Even the little guys tell me they are scientists.  Which I think is pretty neat.  I want them to be thinkers!  We are blessed to be in Montana where nature surrounds us and people do not! (Haha.)  Anyway, there is a little, non-descript lake near us.  It sits at the base of the Rockies on the east slope.  It's a windswept, barren looking place.  And twice a year, magic happens there.

Twice a year, white geese and swans migrate through Freezout Lake from their winter grounds in the central valley of California to their summer grounds in the Alaskan arctic in the spring and follow the opposite route in the fall.  The spring migration typically peaks during the last week of March, with anywhere from 150,000 to 200,000 snow geese and 6,000 to 7,000 swans.

So while I am far from an actual, wildlife expert or photographer, the boys and I trekked out to the edge of the lake to witness the event for ourselves.

The noise was surprising.  Very loud and constant chatter.  I'm sure they have a lot to talk about.  They have a long trip to plan!

Here's some info I Googled about these special visitors.  You know, because my kids got their geek habits from their momma.

Quick Facts about Snow Geese

  • Weight: 6 lbs (male) 5.5 lbs (female)
  • Average speed: 50 miles per hour
  • Migration Distance: 3,000 miles at 2,952-ft altitude
  • Wing Span: 35 inches
  • Voice: A high-pitched, barking "bow-wow!" or "howk-howk!"
  • Color: Two color phases: in the "blue" phase, the head and upper neck are pure white, with grayish-brown to black body and in the "snow" phase they are all white with black wing tips
  • Diet: shoots and roots, grass, bulbs, insects, berries, grains, aquatic plants and invertebrates

The boys also got to spend time examining the bones of fish and birds with some nice folks from the Montana Naturalist group from Missoula. We just happened to bump into them and they gave my boys some neat things for their collection. 

Anyhow, that's how we spent Easter here in Montana.  I wish you all a blessed week.

Now go make something beautiful,


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