Festival Date and Location
When: January 23-26, 2014
Where: Chico, CA
Millions of waterfowl migrating along the Pacific Flyway call the Northern Sacramento Valley their home during the winter months, and all of us here at the Snow Goose Festival invite you to join us for an action-packed 5 days celebrating this annual phenomenon!
Keynote Speaker: Debi Shearwater
40 Years of Seabirding
Debi Shearwater, pelagic birding pioneer, will offer a different perspective of the Pacific Flyway than we are used to here in the valley… from the ocean! From field guides to national marine sanctuaries to seabirds saved and seabirds on the brink, Debi Shearwater will take us on a journey covering her experiences and insights gained from nearly 40 years and thousands of days at sea off the central coast of California to ends of the Earth — the High Arctic and Antarctica.
In her keynote presentation at our Gathering of Wings banquet, Debi will demonstrate how changes in the way humans view seabirds has affected their lives and existence. Debi’s illustrated talk will also provide ways people can help save some of the most endangered and magnificent birds on Earth.
Field Trips & Workshops
We have put together of more than 60 field trips and workshops that cover six counties, reaching out into the rice fields, wildlife refuges and river walks where mild winter weather, abundant food and lots of water draw our avian visitors. In addition to numerous bird-watching field trips, you might choose to try birding by ear, or take a snowshoe hike in Lassen Park, a Big Day of birding, or hike the scenic Sutter Buttes in search of lofty views and resident wildlife.
Our workshops offer something for everyone… learn nature photography, bird carving, how to record nature sounds, designing a garden for wildlife, and much more. Free nature activities are offered for children, as well as armchair adventures for the less hardy.
Registration Begins in Early December
Our field trips fill quickly, so be sure you are on our mailing list for early notice! See you in January!