Since they will be with us through the year, I have decided to name them George and Gracie. Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) are monogamous, and most couples stay together all of their lives. The female lays 3–8 eggs between March and June. Even though both parents protect the nest during this incubation, the female spends more time at the nest. But both adults lose their flight feathers, so they cannot fly until their eggs hatch after 25–28 days. The offspring enter the fledging stage any time from 6 to 9 weeks of age. They do not leave their parents until after the spring migration, when they return to their birthplace.