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"Gathering of Wings" Banquet & Silent Auction - SOLD OUT

Banquet & Silent Auction

Saturday, January 27, 2018
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.

Keynote Speaker:
Jon L. Dunn

Jon L. Dunn is chief consultant and author of all seven editions of the National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America and a birding tour leader for over 30 years, Jon will share his passion of birds and exceptional knowledge of the challenges of identifying the Pacific Flyway's waterfowl.

KEYNOTE ADDRESS: “The Beauty & the Identification Challenges of the Central Valley’s Waterfowl.”

Few locations in North America have greater concentrations of waterfowl than the Central Valley. Indeed, ornithologically, the Central Valley is best known for its concentrations of ducks and geese. The males of course are striking and easy to identify, but females and eclipse birds (summer and early fall) represent much tougher identification challenges. We will admire the beauty of the breeding plumaged males, but also take time to review some of the key identification features of the more cryptically colored females and review the more difficult groups like female teal, wigeon, and scaup.

We will also discuss the very distinctive elgasi subspecies (the “Tule Goose”) of the Greater White-fronted Goose, the entire population (about 10,000) breeds in Alaska between the Alaska Range and Cook Inlet and winters entirely in the northern Sacramento Valley. It probably should be recognized as a separate species.”

Jon L. Dunn has spent much of his life birding in California. He is a tour leader for Wings and has written (or co-authored) numerous articles and a handful of books on bird identification and distribution. These include Birds of Southern California, Status and Distribution (with Kimball Garrett), all seven editions of the National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America (the latest with Jonathan Alderfer), Warblers (with Kimball Garrett), Gulls of the Americas (with Steve Howell) and Birding Essentials (with Jonathan Alderfer). Jon served for many years as Chair and as a member on the ABA Checklist Committee, and has been a member of the California Bird Records Committee for nearly 30 years and the AOS’s Committee on Classification and Nomenclature since 2000. Jon is a board member for Western Field Ornithologists and lives in Bishop, California, on the east side of the Sierra Nevada.

Jon L. Dunn will be available for book signings after his keynote address.

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 here.