Emperor Goose

Chen canagica

This very attractive goose is confined as a breeder to the remote shores of the northern Bering Sea. The bulk of the population winters in the Aleutian Chain, although individuals stray down the Pacific Coast with some regularity. As the Pribilofs lie between the breeding and wintering grounds, Emperor Geese are regular passage migrants in spring and fall. Unfortunately for visiting birders the majority of the birds migrate north in March and April, and south in September through November. This means that on most years Emperor Geese are not seen during our normal tour season. Occasionally though non-breeders or late migrants do appear in May and early June. Good places to look are the shoreline around Northeast Point, the grassy margins of our many lakes and the grassy flats at the south end of the Salt Lagoon.