Plan to Attend the
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.
this year is
Jim Pfitzer (see
more below) who will be
performing a one-act play,
Leopold – A Standard of Change”
at our Saturday evening banquet.
Jim will also be helping with
some of the tours.
back Ted Floyd from ABA along
with some of his crew who will
be helping with several tours
and putting on some new exciting
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!
We are very happy to have Jim Pfitzer as our Keynote and as a tour guide for this year’s High Plains Snow Goose Festival.
Jim’s Bio from his website: http://www.jimpfitzer.com/: Jim Pfitzer is best known for his nature-based personal tales ranging from too-close-for-comfort black bear encounters, to the significance of sweet tea in southern society. His work has been called “avant-garde and old fashioned at the same time.” His latest work, Aldo Leopold - A Standard of Change, takes Jim out of his usual role as storyteller, casting him for the first time as playwright and actor.
After spending his youth exploring the Tennessee River Valley around Chattanooga, TN, Jim spent his twenties roaming the west in an old Volkswagen Bus. Along the way, he worked jobs ranging from rafting guide in the Tetons to hostel host in the redwoods to raptor rehabilitator/educator in Arizona.
In the years since, Jim has told stories and taught his craft nationwide at schools, coffeehouses, museums, parties and festivals.
Jim has an offstage life as varied as the characters in his stories. Largely a homebody when not in nature, Jim keeps bees, grows shiitake mushrooms, canoes, backpacks, fly fishes, carves spoons, and plays the piano--a passion that occasionally lands him on stage with local bands in Chattanooga.
Jim says he would rather paddle a canoe than drive a car and prefers watching birds to watching television.
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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