Hello folks who wonder if male lady beetles think it is sexist to use a gender specific term to refer them,

Why do rich people flock to play golf?

Well, for one, golf is a sport with a high barrier to entry i.e. you need to buy expensive golf clubs, there are dedicated golf courses so random people you run into the neighborhood park don't cross your paths, the grasses get more time and attention than most kids got from their parents before the pandemic and finally you have to tip the caddie.

Clearly, a membership to a golf course shows you have a smooth sailing life. Very few birds get to boast they spend their free time at golf courses. One example is the Canada Goose.

Below is a pair judging passersby by how much % of their face is covered by face masks.

Now Canada Goose have a notorious reputation of chowing down grasses on your lawn which is well known, but how they do it is the part that is really interesting. You see, unlike other birds that cannot afford a golf club membership and have an ordinary beak or bill, Canada Goose has a bill with a notch on the upper part.

This bill shape helps them grip the tip of grasses and then yank it to tear the blades of grass. So instead of pulling by the root, they simply snip a part of the grass. Think of them as a really moody lawn mower, choosing to mow some parts of the lawn but simply ignore the other parts.

We all know deer and other ruminants are gifted because of their partnership with microorganisms that help them break down cellulose. Unfortunately, Canada Goose do not have the same partnership with those microorganisms. Without any other help they cannot break down the hard cell walls of these grasses in their gut. So they resort to breaking down the hard cell walls by consuming grit i.e. the small particles of stone or sand. These pieces of grit are stored in the gizzard along with the grasses, and the constant interaction between both of them in the gizzard breaks down the cell walls of the grasses and makes it easy to digest.

Here is one eating the dirt to get the grit after chowing down a meal of grasses.

Another cool thing you can see in Canada Goose if you stalk them long enough is the color of their eyelids. Well, you will only see it if they feel really comfortable in your presence, so stop being too pushy and asking for its instagram handle. Or if you slip a roofie in their drink, that works too. Unlike us humans, their eyelids close from bottom to the top and once closed are white in color.

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