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Snow Geese Can Provide a Touch of White Christmas


There’s no snow in the forecast for Christmas, but a touch of white for the holidays is possible when you visit Missouri Department of Conservation wetlands and lakes.

Snow geese by the thousands are visiting western Missouri this month.

The Artic-nesting geese have made their annual migration from the north.

They rest in huge flocks on open water, sometimes rising in loud honking swirls of white and gray.

The geese fly back and forth from feeding areas when not resting.

MDC says about 164-thousand snow geese were counted on Dec. 20 at the Loess Bluffs National Wildlife Refuge in Holt County north of St. Joseph.

Those numbers indicate that snow geese are likely visiting other waters in northwest Missouri.

On Monday, flocks of snow geese also rested on Atkinson Lake at MDC’s Schell Osage Conservation Area in Vernon County, south of Kansas City.

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