• East view from Crissy Field overlook with old Coast Guard station on left and city on right

    Presidio of San Francisco


Canada Goose

(Branta canadensis)
Canada Goose
A mother Canada Goose with her goslings at Crissy Marsh.
Will Elder, NPS

Natural History: The diet of the Canada Goose consists of shoots, roots, and seeds of grasses and sedges, bulbs and berries, as well as invertebrates such as crustaceans, insects and mollusks. It is found near water, where it dabbles for its food. This bird typically builds nests on the ground near water.

General Distribution: In the Presidio this species is particularly found near Crissy Marsh Mountain Lake. This species bred at Crissy Marsh in 2002.

Frequency: This species is common in all seasons except the summer.

Identifying Characteristics: This grayish-brown goose has a long, black neck and head with a prominent white chin strap.

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