Nirliq means Canada goose in Inuktitut.
Honk, honk, honk! Just before winter sets in, in mid-September, Canada geese gather in huge numbers on and around shallow Arctic lakes, forming noisy traffic jams. During the spring and summer months, June through August, they will have feasted on shoots, roots, seeds, bulbs, grains and berries, taking full advantage of the Arctic's yearly growth spurt. Fattened up and with winter in the wings, the geese gather to find their flockmates and then take off in V's to warmer climes and greener pastures. Honk, honk, honk!
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