Festival News

Take Flight!

A rich opportunity for exploration & adventure awaits you at the
17th Snow Goose Festival of the Pacific Flyway
Wednesday – Sunday, January 27 – 31, 2016
Chico, CA

Online registration is now closed but walk-in registration is still available

No phone registrations will be taken during the Festival, January 27-31. Walk-in registrations only will be taken at these locations during these hours:

Chico Creek Nature Center
Wednesday thru Friday, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Chico Masonic Family Center
Saturday, 6:00am – 4:00pm
Sunday, 7:00am – 12:00pm

Snow Goose Festival Locations

Wednesday – Friday Jan 27- 29
Chico Creek Nature Center
1968 E. 8th Street
(530) 891-4671 CCNC
Welcome Center Hours:
  11:00am – 4:00pm
Field Trips Departures:
  7:00am – 5:00pm

Saturday – Sunday Jan 30 - 31
Chico Masonic Family Center

1110 W. East Ave.
(530) 345 – 1865 SGF
Headquarter Hours:
  SAT 6:00 am – 4:00 pm
  SUN 7:00 am – 3:00 pm
Friday, Jan. 29 10:00am – 4:00pm set up ONLY for Exhibitors & Vendors

Experience the Snow Goose Festival!

  • Over 70 guided field trips & workshops
  • Junior Naturalist Activities
  • Snow Goose Festival Wildlife Art Exhibit & Reception
  • Banquet & Silent Auction
  • Keynote Speaker, George D. Lepp, one of North America’s best-known contemporary outdoor & nature photographers
  • Exhibits & Vendors Galore!

Birders and nature enthusiasts of all ages are invited to attend the 17th Annual Snow Goose Festival, one of the premier birding events in California. This action-packed 5-day event celebrates the millions of waterfowl migrating along the Pacific Flyway that call the Northern Sacramento Valley their home during the winter months. It also gives our local community an opportunity to rediscover the abundant treasures the North State has to offer all year round, from wholesome foods and delectable wines to inspirational artists and gifted musicians. And with the wide variety of engaging youth activities, there truly is something for everyone at the Snow Goose Festival!

Keynote Speaker

Renowned outdoor and nature photographer, George Lepp, joins the Festival this year as our Keynote Speaker at the “Gathering of Wings” Banquet & Silent Auction on Saturday evening. George will share some of his greatest bird photography success stories, and some very funny failures, as he employs creative tactics and techniques to get the winning shot in locations around the world. Don’t miss this special event!

Field Trips and Workshops

Our festival is located in an amazingly diverse area, with habitats that include rivers and wetlands, sweeping plains and grasslands, rolling foothills, sheltered canyons and mountain peaks. Attendees can choose from over 60 field trips and workshops that are sure to please a wide variety of interests and ability levels. In addition to numerous bird-watching field trips for waterfowl, raptors and songbirds, you might choose to take a guided tour of a nature preserve, visit a local vineyard, or hike the scenic Sutter Buttes in search of lofty views and resident wildlife. Our workshops offer something for everyone! Learn about nature photography, bird carving, how to record nature sounds, how to identify those backyard birds, and much more. Free nature activities are offered for youth, as well as armchair adventures for all.


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Check out our new Bird List!

See the list of 155 bird species spotted during our 2015 festival.


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