Pairing Pledge

Mating Dance of Canada Geese, image 2

Image 2 in our “Walk of Life” series, capturing the mating dance of nesting Canada Geese

There’s a lot of honking at points in this dance, and I’m guessing it’s not mere ecstatic screaming, but some kind of Music of Life.

I only wish I knew its meaning, but would guess it involves a pledge of bonding. Canada Geese are said to mate for life, and perhaps this mating dance is one way in which they assure this bond will outlast the turning seasons.

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