Excitement running high for 15th annual Snow Goose Festival

Jan 22, 2014 3:29 PM

The 15th annual Snow Goose Festival of the Pacific Flyway kicks off in Chico today for a five day run that wraps up Sunday.

It’s a celebration of the millions of waterfowl migrating along the Pacific Flyway that call the Northern Sacramento Valley home during the winter. They provide plenty of viewing opportunities for birders and nature enthusiasts of all ages. The event draws in people from across the country.

There are 65 field trips and workshops that cover six counties reaching out into rice fields, wildlife refuges, and river walks. Birds & Books takes place from 5-8 p.m. tonight at the historic Patrick Ranch south of Chico along the Midway. Authors, photography, and music will all be featured at this free reception.

There is also a Pacific Wildlife Art Exhibit at Avenue 9 Gallery on 9th Avenue in Chico that runs through February First. A reception is planned there Friday evening, January 24th.
Saturdays is a day full of exhibitors and field trips, all centered at the Chico Masonic Family Center. There are plenty of activities for youth. That evening is the grand Gathering of Wings Banquet and Silent Auction, featuring keynote speaker Debi Shearwater, pelagic Birding Pioneer. She is the owner of Shearwater Journeys, based in Monterey, and has been leading boat tours to view seabirds since 1975.

For a complete rundown of activities and to sign up for spots still available on field trips, visit www.snowgoosefestival.org.


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