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Thursday, February 11, 2010

Popular Snow Goose Festival Feb 19-20

Every year in mid-February, thousands of snow geese stop in the fields around Delta as they migrate north. Sometimes the air turns almost completely white as the birds fill the ski. It is an impressive sight.

Over the years, a wildlife viewing festival has grown up around the event. Wildlife biologists participate and help people learn where and how to view the birds.

Viewing the snow geese is the main attraction, but other activities have become part of the festival. There will be exhibits and seminars, a craft fair, 5K and 10K races, a skeet shoot and quilt show, along with plenty of food.

Utah's Division of Wildlife Resources has this news release about the Snow Goose Festival. Below are excerpts.

It's a sight you have to see to believe: thousands of pure white snow and Ross' geese lifting off Gunnison Bend Reservoir amid honks and the beating of wings.

As many as 10,000 snow geese have been at the reservoir during past festivals. Except for the black tips on their wings, snow geese are pure white.

"We'll provide spotting scopes so you can get a close look at the geese," says Bob Walters, Watchable Wildlife coordinator for the Division of Wildlife Resources. "We'll also be available to answer any questions you have."

In addition to seeing the geese, you can learn more about wildlife at free seminars offered by the DWR. The seminars will be held on Saturday, Feb. 20.

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