Plan to Attend the
Plans are in the works for the 16th Annual High Plains Snow Goose Festival. We are looking forward to you joining us for another fun-filled weekend in Lamar, Colorado, Prowers, Baca, Bent and Kiowa counties. We have planned some of our old favorite tours and programs, as well as some brand new things.
Our keynote for 2018 for our Saturday evening banquet will be Sharon Stiteler, A.K.A. “The Birdchick”. Click Here (http://www.birdchick.com/) to Learn more about Sharon. Sharon will also be on our Raptor Tour, do an information presentation at Lamar Community College and be on a tour or two behind LCC on the birding trail.
Sharon Stiteler was given a Peterson Field Guide to Birds when she was seven years old and snapped, she loves birds, it’s just the way she’s wired. Since 1997, she has made it her goal to get paid to go birding. She runs the popular birding blog, Birdchick.com and has been in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, All Things Considered and on NBC Nightly News as well as making regular appearances on Twin Cities’ TV and radio stations.
She’s an international speaker and her writing can has been found in several publications and online including WildBird Magazine, Outdoor News, Birds & Blooms, Minnesota Public Radio and National Audubon. She wrote the books Disapproving Rabbits, City Birds/Country Birds and 1001 Secrets Every Birder Should Know, is #32 in the Geek A Week Trading Card set and works as a National Park Ranger. When she’s not digiscoping or banding birds, she’s a blue ribbon beekeeper. You can find her on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Instagram under Birdchick.
We welcome back Ted Floyd from the American Birding Association who will be helping with several tours and putting on some new exciting programs.
This is our third year to be having our Photography Contest. We have once again be partnered up with Colorado Department of Wildlife, the Lamar Chamber of Commerce and the Southeast Colorado Arts Council to bring this contest to the Snow Goose Festival and Southeast Colorado. See the Contest Page.
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This is a wonderful event for the whole family! We hope to see you there!
In spring, waves of bright white snow geese against an endless blue sky fly into southeastern Colorado. They roost on the scattered lakes on the prairie and feed in the surrounding fields, making the area a favorite rest stop on their annual migration. Lesser snow geese are considered to be the most abundant goose in the world and number at least 6 million. There are four distinct populations recognized.
The lesser snow
geese you will see at the High Plains Snow Goose
Festival are part of the Western Central Flyway
population that are on their way back to the Canadian
Arctic where they nest. This flock winters in
southeastern Colorado, New Mexico, the Texas panhandle
and northern Mexico.
Lesser snow geese come in two different color phases within the same species. In the white phase, the geese are as white as snow except for the black wing tips. The other phase, called blue geese, is slate gray with a white head. Both have a dark “grinning patch” on the sides of their bill.
Ross Geese: Mixed in the flocks of snow geese you may find some Ross’s geese, which look very much like snow geese except that they are about 2/3 the size of snow geese and do not have the grinning patch. Ross’s geese weigh about 3-3 ½ pounds and snow geese weigh between 5-6 pounds.
In the arctic, snow geese graze on grasses and sedges that grow in the tundra. While migrating through the prairies of North America, they will also feed on leftover grain in the fields.
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