2020 High Plains Snow Goose Festival Schedule of Events

2020 Tours and Programs

 

February 7, 2020


South Canyon Tour: 5:30 am

Return by 5:30 pm   |   $42 per person, includes lunch

Enjoy a day full of history, scenery, and birding in the grasslands and canyon country in the southeast corner of Colorado. Visit Picture Canyon and Carrizo Canyon in the Comanche National Grasslands. See petroglyphs on the canyon walls. Hear stories of more recent human settlements in the area. We will provide the bus, breakfast, box lunch, snacks, and tour guide—Laneha Everett, with local roots and an expert on the human and natural history of the area 


Black Hole, Two Buttes Tour: 5:45am Leave before sun-up to arrive at sun-up
Return by noon   |   $25 per person

 Join us for an early morning birding opportunity below the Two Buttes Reservoir Dam. Enjoy this beautiful birding hotspot on the Baca/Prowers County Line. This tour will also stop close to Turks pond where you can see amazing birds from afar. This tour involves walking on some uneven trails 


Walking Tour of Willow Creek Walking Trail: 7 am
FREE

Lamar’s Willow Creek is renowned for exciting and unusual birds, year round. Join us for a tramp through the riparian area looking for these avian gems.  


David Leatherman, Natural Wonders of Southeastern Colorado: 1 pm
FREE

 A  lifetime isn't enough to fully understand and celebrate the natural  wonders of Southeastern Colorado.  But in the hour provided, we will  try. Whether you seek birds or insects, flowers or reptiles, this part  of the state is exciting.  Locals will learn something new, visitors  will schedule a return.  Where else in the state can you see 100,000  geese filling the sky, witness tarantulas prowling for mates, hear  cardinals duel in song, watch a long-parched landscape burst into bloom  10 weeks after a blizzard, or have a roadrunner roost each night on your  porch?  It's prairie, river bottom and canyons.  Hawks called "kites"  live down the street.  Turtles in the river have long necks and soft  shells.  In August, the cicadas sing all night.  In short, SECO is a  place of extremes, with flora and fauna to match. Let's celebrate! 


Audubon's Conservation Ranching Program: 2 pm
FREE

Learn what it takes for your ranch to become Audubon Certified. This program will give you step-by-step guidance toward proudly wearing the Audubon Certified badge. Audubon Conservation Ranching (ACR)  is breathing new life into our struggling grasslands—providing healthy habitat for birds, pollinators, and other wildlife and enabling ranchers to work their land  in traditional and sustainable ways. By partnering with ranchers, Audubon's Conservation Ranching program is promoting bird-friendly grazing practice that protect and enhance millions of acres of grassland. 

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Snow Goose Tour: 2 pm
$25

Join Pat Palmer on a tour to see the snow geese. This tour will take you to where you can see more snow geese than you can count 


The Sand Creek Massacre, a heritage presentation: 3 pm
FREE

 A heritage presentation of the Sand Creek Massacre will give you insight into a historical event that took place in Southeast Colorado. Come listen to experts on this event. 


Colorado Owls with Debbie Barnes Schankster: 4 pm
FREE

 This is a wonderful opportunity to learn about the owls that you can find in Colorado from an expert. Debbie will start us off by teaching us about the owls and then lead us on our tour to see if we can spot any of these amazing birds 

Owl Hike and Tour: 6pm
FREE   |   please arrange your own transportation


February 8, 2020


Snow Goose and Raptor Tour: 5:45am Leave in the dark to tour at sunrise
Return by noon   |   $25 per person

 Join our keynote speakers, Marc & Eliana as we tour the grasslands in an area known for several species of raptors, and then the Arkansas River bottom for ducks and passerines. Bus and breakfast included. Indoors and outdoors with minimal walking.  


Walking Tour of Willow Creek Walking Trail: 7 am
2 hours long   |   FREE

Lamar’s Willow Creek is renowned for exciting and unusual birds, year round. Join us for a tramp through the riparian area looking for these avian gems.  


Camp Amache, a heritage presentation: 9 am
Ends at 10:30 am   |   FREE

 Come watch this unique presentation on the historic Japanese internment camp, Camp Amache. Learn about the history of this area and then drive down and take a tour of the site.  

Camp Amache Tour: Meet at 11 am


Migration with Gloria Nikoli: 11 am 

Ends at Noon   |   FREE 

 Spring migration is full of tantalizing surprises amid expected patterns of birds on the move. Learn about spring migration in Colorado, some of the trends, expected species, and tools to see how and when migration varies. We will look at what factors cause migration, some species that migrate in separate groups of males and females, and the differences in diurnal and night migrants.  


Live Birds with the Raptor Center: 1 pm
FREE

It wouldn't be a Snow Goose Festival without Diane Miller from the Raptor Center coming down and showing us all the amazing raptors and giving us an up close look at them. It is educational for the whole family.

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Ted Floyd Presents: 2 pm
FREE

  Ted Floyd, the editor of Birding, instructor with the ABA’s Institute for Field Ornithology program, and author of birding books—including the ABA Field Guide to Birds of Colorado, will take wow us as usual with a great program full of stories on birding.


Snow Goose Tour with Pat Palmer: 2 pm
Return at 6pm   |   $25 per person

 Join Pat Palmer on a tour to see the snow geese. This tour will take you to where you can see more snow geese than you can count.  


Birding 101 with Jill Smith: 3 pm
FREE

You like birds? You live in a place with lots of birds? But you don't know where to start? You see the birds, but have no idea who you are seeing? How do you even START to find out who that was? Become a beginner birder! But why bother? We will talk about the basics and how to go from 0-20 and beyond in no time! Check out some great birds Jill has captured on her Nature Made Photography Facebook page.

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Walking the Woods: 4 pm
Return at dark   |   FREE

 Lamar’s Willow Creek is renowned for exciting and unusual birds, year round. Join our keynote speakers for a tramp through the riparian area looking for these avian gems 


Evening Festivities with Keynote Speakers: 6:30 pm
$25 per person


February 9, 2020


Snow Goose Sunrise Tours: leave in the dark to watch take off at sunrise

Back by noon   |   $25 person   |   Please provide your own breakfast

 Watch the snow geese wake up and fly off to their feeding grounds. Tour State Wildlife Areas and farm fields to see a variety of waterfowl including, Sandhill Cranes, ducks and shorebirds, and some Bald Eagles.  


Rambling Home Tour Heading to the Front Range:  7am Departure Trip: Otero County & Beyond. If you’re heading back on Sunday to points north and west of Lamar, this trip is for you. After breakfast at the Hickory House, we’ll visit spots along the Highway 50 corridor west of Lamar. The itinerary may include John Martin reservoir, Higbee Canyon, and Crowley Lake. We’ll figure it out as we go. NOTE: THIS TRIP DOES NOT RETURN TO LAMAR.  

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