Breeds in mixed arctic graminoid vegetation on small islands in tundra ponds, small peninsulas that extend into ponds, and pond edges on the tidal margin of the low coastal floodplain of the Y-K Delta from 1 to 24 km inland of the Bering Sea (Mickelson 1975, Peterson 1990).
Mickelson, P. G. 1975. Breeding biology of cackling geese and associated species on the Yukon- Kuskokwim Delta, Alaska. Wildl. Monogr. 45.
Peterson, , M. R. 1990. Nest-site selection by Emperor Geese and Cackling Canada Geese. Wilson Bull. 102: 413-426.