Changes in Population: Observing Nature’s New Residents

Canada Geese With Goslings Lisa A. Wisniewski

Canada Geese With Goslings
Lisa A. Wisniewski

While walking up the hill to work the other day, I saw two Canada geese (Branta Canadensis) with four goslings.  They waddled in the grass along the driveway then turned up the hill toward the pond.  Watching them made me wonder about the names of animals, their offspring, and how we study them.

Names for Everything

Geese are herbivores, or plant eating animals.  They are called birds and classified in the family of geese and ducks.  The term geese is the common reference for females, and gander is generally used when talking about males.  The young are called goslings.  A gaggle is a group of geese on the ground.  A group of geese flying above may be referred to as a wedge or a skein.  Geese may be studied by ornithologists, and the study of geese is called ornithology.

Rabbit in the Yard Lisa A. Wisniewski

Rabbit in the Yard
Lisa A. Wisniewski

Also this week, I found a nest of rabbits in my garden.  Rabbits are classified as mammals in the family Leporidae.  Baby rabbits may be called bunnies, kits, or kittens.  A group of rabbits is called a fluffle or a herd.  Rabbits are often studied by mammalogists.

Animal Offspring Names

The names of animal offspring can be quite interesting and rather unique.  Some I have observed over the years include:

  • Baby deer called fawns
  • Baby ducks called ducklings
  • Baby pheasants called chicks
  • Baby frogs called tadpoles
  • Baby hawks called eyas

Other New “Faces”

Nature brought forth other new “faces” in the blooms of the iris, crown vetch, and buttercups in my area.  These blooms added more color to the landscape and some interesting thoughts to my runs and bike rides.  As a summary of these thoughts, I wrote the following poem:

As May Comes to a Close

Walnut Tree At Sunrise Lisa A. Wisniewski

Walnut Tree At Sunrise
Lisa A. Wisniewski

The green in the grass
And blue in the sky
Allow the soul to have
Joy inside
Amidst the warmth of the sun
Cascading down
In the life that runs
In the light to the ground
Showing off the landscape cloaked
In a colorful sea
As May comes to a close
Before thee.

Iris in My Back Yard Lisa A. Wisniewski

Iris in My Back Yard
Lisa A. Wisniewski

The blooms of the iris
And soon to be berries on the vine
Run in time with
The crown vetch on the roadside
As the rabbits and the geese
Bring their young to graze
In the quiet peace
Of nature’s parade
As time flows
On in life’s sea
As May comes to a close
Giving way to June’s breeze.

Crown Vetch in Bloom Lisa A. Wisniewski

Crown Vetch in Bloom
Lisa A. Wisniewski

All around God’s grace flows
Offering solace to the soul walking the path
As May comes to a close
With a beauty only nature can have
Blessed by God’s love
And gentle grasp
Reaching from the skies above
Allowing the soul to be thankful for what it has.

-Lisa A. Wisniewski

Resources and Related Links

Canada geese – http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/birds/canada-goose/

Family of geese and ducks – https://www.audubon.org/field-guide/bird/canada-goose

Fluffle – http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Rabbit

Geese – http://a-z-animals.com/animals/goose/

Herbivore – http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/herbivore

Leporidae – http://animaldiversity.org/accounts/Leporidae/

Mammals – http://kids.sandiegozoo.org/animals/mammals

Mammalogists – http://www.aboutbioscience.org/careers/mammalogist

Names of animal offspring – http://blog.oxforddictionaries.com/2011/05/baby-animal-names/

Ornithology – http://www.birds.cornell.edu/Page.aspx?pid=1478

Rabbits – http://blog.oxforddictionaries.com/2011/05/baby-animal-names/

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