High Plains Snow Goose Festival
Thursday Feb. 8, 2018
4–8 PM Registration, Hospitality Gathering
Unwind after your drive and pick up your registration packet for the weekend’s activities at the Lamar Eagles Lodge, in Lamar.This is the "Official Kick Off" for the festival. Meet folks, ask questions, and enjoy hors d'oeuvres and music at the Lamar Eagles Lodge.
Friday Feb. 9, 2018
8 AM–9 AM Birding with Sharon Stiteler aka the & Ted Floyd
Lamar’s Willow Creek is renowned for exciting and unusual birds, year round. Join our Festival Keynote Speaker Sharon Stiteler for a tramp through the riparian area looking for these avian gems. Meet at north Trailhead, outdoors behind Lamar Community College, 2401 S. Main St, Lamar. Look for signs off the highway. Afterwards, we’ll warm up at nearby Brew Unto Others coffee shop.
7 AM–5 PM South Canyon Tour with Laneha Everett of Canyon Journeys–$35.00
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 petrolgyphs on the canyon walls. Hear stories of more recent human settlements in the area. We’ll provide the bus, box lunch, snacks, and tour guide—Laneha Everett, with local roots and an expert on the human and natural history of the area. Bus and outdoor tour, cost $35 per person. Meet in front of the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Office, 2500 South Main St., Lamar.
7:45–5 PM Holly, CO/Coolidge Excursion–$35.00
This tour will feature early morning birding opportunities with visits to wetlands north of Granada, Holly Rock, and maybe get to see some Bald Eagles in and around Granada, Holly, and Coolidge. You will get to visit the historic Japanese internment camp, Camp Amache, the historic Holly Barn, and other adventures in Trail City, and Coolidge, KS. This trip includes a festival attendee special Chuck Wagon Lunch with good warm vittles prepared by the Santa Fe Trail Kettle Cookers. Meet in front of the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Office, 2500 South Main Street, Lamar.
3–4 PM Birding w/ Sharon Stiteler and Ted Floyd
Lamar’s Willow Creek is renowned for exciting and unusual birds, year-round. Join our Festival Keynote Speaker Sharon Stiteler for a tramp through the riparian area looking for these avian gems. Meet behind the Lamar Community College at the nature area. Look for signs off the highway. Afterwards, we’ll warm up at the Brew Unto Others coffee shop on Main street .
4–8:30 PM Registration, Hospitality Gathering
Unwind after your drive and pick up your registration packet for the weekend’s activities in the Dining Hall at the Lamar Eagles Lodge . Come and meet folks, ask questions, enjoy hors d’oeuvres and music by Lex Nichols . There will be a Social Mixer with special guests, our keynote Sharon Stiteler and Ted Floyd. Photos from the Third Annual High Plains Snow Goose Photo Contest will be on display, and the winners will be announced along with voting on the People’s Choice photo.
Saturday Feb. 10, 2018
8 AM–4 PM Nature Arts and Crafts Fair
Come see artisans displaying their creations, including artworks, and crafts. Check out the Silent Auction; be sure to place your bids before the banquet! Visit with staff at the informational booths from Comanche National Grasslands, National Park Service, Bent’s Old Fort, John Martin Reservoir, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Canyons and Plains, and more! All day Saturday at the Colorado Parks and Wildlife office 2500 South Main Street, Lamar.
8 AM–TBA Silent Auction
This is not your ordinary Silent Auction. Bid on local items and goods as well as awesome items from around Colorado. For 15 years this Silent Auction has been rocking our participants’ worlds! Located in the Colorado Parks and Wildlife offices, 2500 South Main Street, Lamar.
7 AM–12 PM Breakfast Raptor Tour–with Sharon Stiteler –$50
Join this limited tour with Sharon Stiteler, our Festival Keynote Speaker. Enjoy a breakfast at Brew Unto Others, tour the grasslands in an area known for several species of raptors, and then Arkansas River bottom for ducks and passerines. Bus and breakfast included. Indoors and outdoors, with minimal walking. Meet the bus for this limited tour in the parking lot in back of Brew Unto Others at 119 South Main Streen in Lamar..
7:30–8:30 AM Morning Bird Walk–with Ted Floyd at LCC Willow Creek
Enjoy a morning walk through Lamar Community College Woods, one of the sites on the Colorado Birding Trail. Ted Floyd will present “Bare Naked Birding”—there’s so much to see and learn about birds without using fancy optics! Meet at north Trailhead, outdoors behind Lamar Community College, 2401 S. Main St., Lamar.
1–5 PM Two Buttes, a.k.a. The Black Hole Birding Tour–Ted Floyd–$25
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10 – 11 AM Survival Workshop for Birders
DOW Officer Rick Gardner will be presenting a comprehensive survival presentation. Everyone is encouraged to attend this presentation to learn about the latest in wilderness survival techniques and precautions. Indoors at Lamar Community College in the Lecture Hall in the Bowman Building.
11 AM – 12 PM Birds of Prey
LIVE! Hawks, eagles and owls are birds of prey – big predators in the bird world! See live birds from the Pueblo Raptor Center. Diana Miller will tell of their efforts to rehabilitate injured and orphaned raptors Indoors at Lamar Community College in the Large Lecture Hall in the Bowman Building.
12 Noon – 2 PM Wagon Rides
Enjoy a short wagon ride with your family and friends! Bring the kids! FREE! Weather permitting. Leaving every 20 or 30 minutes next Colorado Parks and Wildlife Office, 2500 South Main Street, Lamar.
1 – 2 PM Smartphone Birding with Sharon Stiteler
Smart phones have changed birding. You can take out multiple field guides, get real time bird reports and take incredible photos and videos of your favorite birds. This program gives you the latest information on how to maximize your phone for birding. Indoors at Lamar Community College in the Lecture Hall in the Bowman Building.
2:30 – 3:30 PM Basic Survival Skills
Anyone who travels in a motor vehicle may be faced with an emergency, whether it’s a break down, blizzard, avalanche, or flood; you need to be prepared and have an action plan. Learn what to have and what to do from survival expert Officer Rick Gardner. Indoors at Lamar Community College in the Lecture Hall in the Bowman Building.
3:30– 5:00 PM (NEW) Wildlife Photography by Jill Smith
Join Jill Smith aka Nature Made Photography to learn the ins and outs of Wildlife Photography. From birds to elk, from point and shoot to DSLR, from risk to ethics, this class should be a fun one for people at all levels of photography skills. Indoors at Lamar Community College in the Lecture Hall in the Bowman Building.
6:30–9 PM Evening Banquet–$25/$10
Flock together with us for a delicious dinner at the Lamar Eagles Lodge located at 1406 South Main Street in Lamar. Dinner is $25 for adults and $10 for children 6–12. Must Pre-Register. Social hour begins at 6:30 PM. Dinner music provided by Greg and Christy Ludwig. Andrew and Hannah Floyd will kick off the evening with a short program about their visits to Lamar.
Program by Sharon Stiteler - Today's Office
5:15–10:30 AM Sunrise Tour
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. Warm up with a hearty breakfast and good company indoors at the Eads Community Center before the trip back to Lamar. Cost: $25 per person (over age 6), includes breakfast. Outdoor tour by bus. Meet at the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Office, 2500 S. Main St, Lamar.
7:00 AM Birding Ramble with Ted
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.
Our 2018 Keynote–Sharon Stiteler aka the Birdchick
Sharon Stiteler was given a Peterson Field Guide to Birds when she was seven years old and snapped. She loves birds, it's just the way she's wired. Since 1997, she has made it her goal to be paid to go birding. She runs the popular birding blog, Birdchick.com and has been in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, All Things Considered and on NBC Nightly News as well as making regular
appearances on Twin Cities' TV and radio stations. She's an international speaker and her writing has been found in several publications and online including WildBird Magazine, Outdoor News, Birds & Blooms, Minnesota Public Radio and National Audubon. She wrote the books Disapproving Rabbits, City Birds/Country Birds and 1001 Secrets Every Birder Should Know, is #32 in the Geek A Week Trading Card set and works as a National Park Ranger. When she's not digiscoping or banding birds, she's a blue-ribbon beekeeper. You can find her on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Instagram under Birdchick.
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Birders, visit 304 Woodland Drive, and you may experience the best in backyard birding. On a good morning, you can view birds in riparian, woodland (deciduous and coniferous) and plains habitats. Many mornings more than 20 species will visit the numerous feeders. There are no guarantees, but you may see Blue Jays, Northern Cardinals, Downy Woodpeckers, Red-bellied Woodpeckers, three kinds of doves, Red-breasted Nuthatches, Pine Siskins, finches, juncos, and a variety of sparrows, hawks, vultures, and waterfowl. We can't promise which of our avian friends will show up, but will promise hot coffee, the best of Lamar hospitality and the least strenuous birding in southeastern Colorado. Dress warmly and bring your binoculars and cameras.