Plan to Attend the
The 14th Annual High Plains Snow Goose Festival is almost here! We are looking forward to you joining us for another fun-filled weekend in Lamar, CO, 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 this year at our Saturday evening banquet is Rick Wright. Rick is currently the Book Review Editor at Birding magazine, Rick also leads birding tours in Europe and the Americas. His forthcoming publications include the sparrows volume in the Peterson Reference Guide series and a new field guide to the birds of Arizona. Rick will also be helping us with some of the tours and presentations.
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 first year to be having a Photography Contest. We have partnered up with Colorado Department of Wildlife, the Lamar Chamber of Commerce and the Southeast Colorado Arts Council to bring this contest to southeast Colorado.
And there's so much more!
FREE Entrance! There will be NO registration fee again this year! Anyone is welcome to come and enjoy the indoor and outdoor programs and activities at this year’s Snow Goose Festival. There are associated Fees with some bus tours, and programs.
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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