Registration is Now Open!
When: January 22-26, 2014
Where: Chico, CA
Millions of waterfowl migrating along the Pacific Flyway call the Northern Sacramento Valley their home during the winter months, creating ample viewing opportunities for bird and nature enthusiasts of all ages. You are invited to join us at the 15th Annual Snow Goose Festival of the Pacific Flyway, one of the premier birding events in California, for an action-packed five days celebrating this annual phenomenon.
Field Trips and Workshops
We have put together of more than 65 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, enjoy wine and olive oil tasting, 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.
Admission is free to Festival Headquarters, the exhibit hall and various events on Saturday and Sunday, January 25-26, located at the Masonic Family Center, 1110 W. East Ave. in Chico. Chico Creek Nature Center, 1968 E. 8th Street, will serve as our Welcome Center headquarters Wednesday through Friday, Jan. 22-24, then will remain open through the end of the festival. 530-891-4671
“Birds & Books” Pre-Festival Mixer at Patrick Ranch!
Come visit with fellow birders and friends at “Birds & Books” on Wednesday evening from 5:00 - 8:00 pm at Patrick Ranch. This new event was created to bring together fantastic authors, delectable local foods and wines, bird and wildlife photography and live music in a casual setting that is sure to be a hit…don’t miss it!
Be sure to see the inspiring Pacific Flyway Wildlife Art Exhibit at Avenue 9 Gallery in Chico. The exhibit is open Jan. 17 through Feb 1, but you won’t want to miss the special Art Opening & Welcome Reception on Friday evening, Jan. 24, free to the public. This is a special night for Festival attendees to mix and mingle, admire art, meet the artists, and enjoy live music and refreshments. Bring a friend!
Keynote Speaker: Debi Shearwater
Saturday’s grand Gathering of Wings Banquet & Silent Auction is an enjoyable evening for all, and will feature special guest and keynote speaker, Debi Shearwater, pelagic birding pioneer. Debi is the owner of Monterey-based Shearwater Journeys, and has been leading boat tours to view seabirds since 1975. In her keynote address, 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. The banquet has sold out the past couple years, so get your tickets early.
We are anxious to share the incredible wonders of the Pacific Flyway with you! If you have any questions about the Festival, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (530) 345-1865.