COLUMBIA - An unusually large amount of snow geese, around 30,000 of them, are gathering on Perry Philips Park Lake in Columbia.
Missouri Department of Conservation biologists believe the snow geese are starting to head north for the spring, but the cold weather could cause them to stay a little longer.
Snow geese go in the southern part of their range, including Missouri, over winter and return north to the arctic tundra to nest. Snow geese are common in marshes, rivers, lakes and crop fields.
Populations of this species have increased to a historically high level causing wildlife agencies to try to control the population size through various methods, including hunting.