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Baby animals steal the show at parks across New Jersey

This young Canadian goose is at a park in North Arlington.
This young Canadian goose is at a park in North Arlington.
Lucy Santos

Summer is a great time to visit parks and engage in activities such as walking, hiking, bicycling - - just to name a few examples. Under a tree, you can also relax and have a picnic with family and friends. On the 4th of July, it will be the perfect day to have a barbecue at the park. At Branch Brook Park in Newark, New Jersey, another fun pastime is seeing all the animals at the park, for there are turtles, beavers, opossums, groundhogs, chipmunks, squirrels, ducks and Canadian geese. For animal lovers, seeing an entire family of wild animals with the babies is a magical summer moment.

Seeing Canadian geese with their babies at Branch Brook Park is like watching a children’s book come to life. Children are often mesmerized watching the baby Canadian geese, which are also called goslings, following their mother in the lake. Canadian geese are one of the most charming animals that will see at Branch Brook Park.

Goslings stay with their parents for one full year and learn how to survive in the wild. Both the male and female Canadian geese have active roles in raising their goslings. Each Canadian goose lays two to nine eggs and their nest is near a body of water.

Seeing goslings following their parents brings out the inner child in all of us. Watching these peaceful and majestic birds help us relax on a warm summer day, for they are quiet.

Next time you visit Branch Brook Park or any other park in the summer, do bring a camera to take a photo of an adorable baby animal. Perhaps you may not decide to take a snapshot at all but record this moment of nature in your mind as you watch these fascinating birds on the grass, on the lake or flying gracefully in the azure sky.