Ten Reasons to Attend the High Plains Snow Goose Festival

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1. Keynote Speakers: Birding by Bus

See the snow geese at the High Plains Snow Goose Festival. The top ten reasons to attend this festival begin with Birding by Bus. Listen to the story of keynote speakers Marc Kramer and Eliana Ardila Ardila who left their regular lives behind, hit the road, and traveled from Florida to Alaska and back in a 1978 VW Bus. Check out their blog

February 8 | 6:30 pm
Lamar High School | 1900 S. 11th Street

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2. White Fields and Lakes

In February, the fields and reservoirs of Southeastern Colorado turn white—not from snow but from the large white geese arriving by the thousands during their traditional migration to their winter roosts. Witness this phenomenon and watch in awe as thousands of snow geese lift off at once.  

February 7 | 2 pm 

February 8 | 2 pm

Tours leaves from  Lamar High School | 1900 S. 11th Street 

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3. Canyons of Southeastern Colorado

Tour the colorful and extensive canyons that exist along the many tributaries of the Cimmaron and Purgatoire Rivers in southeastern Colorado. Among them, native communities found protection and fresh water springs. This ecosystem now provides protective cover and water for the plentiful wildlife, hundreds of species of birds, ample trees, and grasses.

February 7 | 5:30 am
Tour leaves from Lamar High School | 1900 S. 11th Street 

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4. The Willow Creek Trail

Walk along the most densely bird-populated spot in the state. You'll be amazed at what you discover! The Willow Creek Trail behind Lamar Community College is an oasis for birds who have just flown miles and miles over the plains. This makes it a legendary migrant trap where birders are sure to catch glimpses of dozens of species. This unique ecosystem is also home to native plants, mammals, amphibians, reptiles, and fish. 

February 7 | 7 am 

February 8 | 7 am
Tours leaves from Lamar High School | 1900 S. 11th Street
 

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5. Dive into History

Attend presentations about local, historically significant sites Sand Creek, site of the deadly 1864 massacre, and Camp Amache, a WWII Japanese internment camp.
February 7 | 3 pm 

February 8 | 9 am
Lamar High School | 1900 S. 11th Street 

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6. Live Raptors

It wouldn't be a High Plains Snow Goose Festival without Pueblo's Raptor Center coming down and giving attendees an up close look at all their amazing raptors. This is educational experience for the whole family. 

February 8 | 1 pm
Lamar High School | 1900 S. 11th Street 

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7. The Trade Show/Craft Fair and Silent Auction

Shop from local artisans selling a variety of goods, including jewelry, saddles, wildlife callers, and more. Find unique gifts for you and your friends and family or bid on items donated by vendors.
February 7 | 12 pm - 4 pm

February 8 | 8 am - 4 pm

Lamar High School | 1900 S. 11th Street 

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8. Birding 101

Learn what it takes to become a birder from a local expert who will talk about the basics and how to go from 0-20 in no time. 

February 8 | 3 pm
Lamar High School | 1900 S. 11th Street
 

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9. Sunrise Tours

Getting up early never felt so good. View snow geese against the backdrop of the rising sun and get a photo opportunity like never before. 

February 8 | 5:45 am
February 9 | 5:45 am
Tours leaves from Lamar High School | 1900 S. 11th Street
 

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10. Fascinating Local Attractions

Spend a couple more days in Lamar and explore historical attractions The Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site, Big Timbers Museum, and Camp Amache, a WWII Japanese internment camp site. 

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...And a Whole Lot More

More tours and presentations await at the 2020 High Plains Snow Goose Festival. Check out our complete schedule.