Grote Canadese Ganzen Branta canadensis succesvol in het Fochteloërveen?
Drentse vogels , Volume 20 - Issue 1 p. 39- 42
The Greater Canada Goose started to breed in The Netherlands during the 1970s. In 1999 the species was first observed during the breeding season in Fochteloerveen, a peat moor of 2000 ha in northwestern Drenthe. From 2002 onward birds had started to breed in Fochteloerveen and in in 2006 the population had increased to six pairs (Table 1). Birds generally built their nests or had their breeding territories in the centre of the peat moor and foraged on neighbouring meadows at distances of 400-1000 m from the nest. Hatching success was poor and most chicks disappeared shortly after hatching. The fate of one brood remained uncertain, as Greater Canadian Geese may cover large distances with their goslings to suitable feeding grounds. Enlargement of the nature reserve with buffer zones, as planned for the near future, may forbode more problems for the geese, since distances between breeding and feeding sites will increase.
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