Population status

Greater White-fronted Goose
(Anser albifrons)

The national population of Greater White-fronted Geese is currently monitored in a fall staging survey in the Canadian Prairies. Fall survey results in the Canadian Prairies have fluctuated between years with an overall increasing trend. The population is currently above its NAWMP population objective of 600,000 birds (North American Waterfowl Management Plan 2012). Band recovery data and harvest estimates of Mid-continent Greater White-fronted Geese are also used to estimate and monitor the population size and trend (Alisauskas et al. 2009). According to the Lincoln estimates of population size, Mid-continent Greater White-fronted Geese are experiencing an increasing population trend over the long-term. The species is at an acceptable level relative to its national population goal. Detailed information on the population status of waterfowl species is available in the Population Status of Migratory Game Birds in Canada report (summarized version). To obtain a copy of the full version of this report, including tables and graphs, please contact ec.scf-oismiggibiers-cws-miggamebirds.ec@canada.ca.


Population goal and acceptable levels of variation

Species/groupGoalLower levelUpper level
CanadaLong-term average of the time series10th percentile of observed abundance (1970-2012)Not applicable

Fall Inventory of Mid-Continent White-fronted Geese

Table 1: Population trends by geographic area
Geographic areaTime PeriodAnnual TrendLimits
Mid-Continent Select to view graph of the geographic area: Mid-Continent 1992-2016; Fall Inventory of Mid-Continent White-fronted Geese1992-20161.3-25