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"Gathering of Wings" Banquet & Silent Auction

Saturday, January 26, 2019
5:30 pm - 10 pm
Bell Memorial Union Auditorium
CSU, Chico
Corner of 2nd Street and Chestnut Street, Chico, CA

Cost per person: $40 Adult, $30 Youth (17 years and younger) and students with ID
Beer & Wine (no host)

Don’t miss the biggest event of the Snow Goose Festival, our Gathering of Wings Banquet. This treasured evening is a mix of great food, great company and great entertainment and is anticipated by many as the one chance per year they have to visit and catch up with fellow birders and friends in the community. Join field trip leaders, workshop presenters and all our hard-working committee members and volunteers in celebrating this special evening.

Special Guest and Keynote Speaker:
Naturalist and Birding Guide David Wimpfheimer

A resident of Point Reyes since the early '80s, David will outline some of the factors that result in the dramatic diversity of the migratory and breeding birds in his lively keynote presentation,
"Point Reyes and the Farallon Islands: A Mecca for Birds and Birders."

Point Reyes and the Farallon Islands are two dynamic areas for migratory and nesting birds that are icons for the richness of the California coast.  The diverse habitats of Point Reyes hold large numbers of waterfowl, shorebirds, raptors and landbirds especially during the winter.  Several species of birds are seen in totals unmatched in North America due to temperate, mild conditions. As evidenced by the Christmas Bird Count, more Peregrine Falcons occur at Point Reyes in this season than anywhere else in North America.  Only twenty miles south of Point Reyes, Southeast Farallon Island is the largest seabird rookery in the contiguous United States.  It is also a magnet and oasis for lost birds, some coming from Asia or the eastern part of North America.  Over 400 species have been seen on this iconic 80-acre granitic isolated island.  Naturalist David Wimpfheimer has lived at Point Reyes since the 1980s.  He has taught classes there and led numerous field trips at Point Reyes and to the Farallons since then.  In this lively presentation he will outline some of the factors that result in such a dramatic diversity of birds, examine any trends or changes and share stories of some of the special birds that have been seen over the decades. Although the presentation will mostly focus on the migratory and breeding birds of the two unique areas, David will also discuss some of the distinctive mammals that are found in the area.

Silent Auction

Silent auction begins at 5:30 pm

The vibrant Silent Auction tables will accompany us while we dine at the BMU and will include a variety of exquisite items including works of art, wine, and services. Your financial participation directly affects our ability to ensure that the Snow Goose Festival remains the North State's premier birding event, so enjoy the evening bidding for an event or item that you love. You won't be disappointed!

Interested in donating an item or service to our auction? Please contact our office at 592-9092 or email info@snowgoosefestival.org.

Download donation letter and form.