Large flocking goose of lawns, parks, fields and ponds. Widespread across the United States and Canada, especially near fresh water, agriculture, and grassy areas. Our largest goose, only outsized by swans. Black bill, neck and face with white chinstrap, tan/brown body, large black webbed feet. Often honks loudly when disturbed or flying; flocks often fly in a “V” formation. Grazes or dabbles on vegetation. Pairs bond for life and nest on the ground near water, defending territory during breeding season. Lifespan in the wild up to 30 years. Population ~ 5 million and increasing.