High Plains Snow Goose Festival, Feb. 21-24 in Lamar

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Here’s the link to the website. Here’s an excerpt:

We are really looking forward to our 11th Anniversary Snow Goose Festival! We’ve had some great times with good friends! Sunrises, sunsets, good food, silly jokes, fascinating speakers, memorable sightseeing, and of course, birds! Last year we saw 70 species – not bad for February! Thanks to all of you who have taken this adventure with us! We hope we continue to learn and explore together for years to come!

We are excited about the new programs for 2013! Friday night, experience Music Of the Santa Fe trail with Mark Gardner. Our guest speaker, Richard Crossley is coming a long way to share his passion about birds with us! A new tour to the Blue Rose Ranch, horse rescue ranch and Colorado Birding Trail site is sure to be interesting and give you a taste of the old west. Also with a historical twist, you can have lunch and learn how to cook in a Dutch oven at the Big Timbers Museum. Visit a one room school house, tour Bent’s Old Fort and Bent’s NEW fort! Hear how we discovered where Black Swifts go in the winter. Discover the Wild Lands of Otero County. Other Favorite speakers will be here: Ted Floyd and Dave Leatherman. Two new events are the “Birds of a Feather Art Show” and the “Share the Spirit Photo Contest”. So much to do – hope you can join us! Read more about it in the schedule!

Here’s the release from Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Click through for the jam-packed schedule of events. Here’s an excerpt:

Hundreds of bird species migrate through eastern Colorado each year, but the migration of snow geese is by far the most dramatic. Flocks numbering in the tens of thousands make for a spectacular sight.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the Lamar Chamber of Commerce have joined forces to celebrate the majestic snow goose migration with the 11th annual High Plains Snow Goose Festival. The four-day festival kicks off on Thursday evening, Feb. 21 and continues until Sunday, Feb. 24.

“The snow goose festival is a celebration of an incredible array of wildlife viewing with music, field trips, educational booths, lectures, historical tours, arts and crafts, and a variety of family friendly activities,” said John Koshak, a watchable wildlife coordinator with Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

“We have an outstanding schedule of events that includes an incredible selection of special programs and presentations,” said Koshak. There is a $15 registration fee for the weekend. Field trips are priced between $10 – 25 depending on the length of the program and if meals are provided.

“The main stars of the festival,” said Koshak, “are the snow geese.” An early Sunday morning bus tour will take festivalgoers to watch approximately 25,000 honking geese lift-off from local reservoirs and fly to their daytime feeding grounds.

“Along the way, we might see other birds including bald eagles, hawks, and other wildlife. In past years, people have been lucky enough to see porcupines, owls, coyotes, foxes and many other critters,” said Koshak. “After a morning of wildlife watching, we will stop at the Community Center in Eads for a hot breakfast.”

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