National Geographic : 1930 Mar
THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE Photograph by Lynwood M. Chace DIVING FOR HIS LIVING The Canadian goose "tipping up" to get a morsel of food from the shallow bottom of the pond. Some 5,000 of these birds are bred in the United States each year for the ornamentation of private and public parks and for use as decoys by hunters. The wild ganders are frequently crossed with certain species of domestic geese to produce the so-called "mongrel goose," whose meat is of fine quality. and is more upstanding than other do mestic breeds and has a prominently de veloped knob at the base of the bill, to gether with a dewlap under the throat, it was long regarded by naturalists and early poultry writers as a distinct species. It crosses readily with other domestic breeds, the progeny being fertile, and by this test is regarded as having descended from the wild Graylag species. That this should determine its real origin does not follow, however, because the Canadian goose crosses readily with domestic stocks, the progeny being fertile, in so far as is known. "The earliest record of Chinese geese in America," says John H. Robinson, "is in the correspondence of George Wash ington, and was first published in Ha worth's 'George Washington-Farmer,' in 1915. "It discloses that in 1788 he received from Gouverneur Morris two Chinese pigs and with them 'a pair of Chinese geese, which are really the foolishest geese I ever beheld; for they choose all times for setting but in the spring, and one of them is even now (November) actually engaged in that business.' " 364 1"" ~ ~-I .I I,. . -- ~ ::::; '~ ,..