13th Annual Snow Goose Festival: January 26-29, 2012
Two Free Presentations Offered on Snow Geese of Wrangel Island with Russian biologist, Vasiliy Baranyuk
Sat., Jan. 28 - Bidwell Mansion Visitor Center, 9:00-11:00 am
Sun., Jan. 29 - Rancho Esquon Wildlife Center, 1:00-3:00 pm
(Free Admission. Limited Seating.)
Please join us in welcoming renowned Russian biologist, Vasiliy Baranyuk, to the Snow Goose Festival of the Pacific Flyway!
Vasiliy is an expert on wildlife of Wrangel Island, including the nesting populations of snow geese that summer there. This unique population of snow geese nests in an interior mountain valley on Wrangel Island, and - like Antarctic penguins - the flightless young walk an incredible distance (about 75 miles) from the nesting colony to feeding areas near the sea. Vasiliy will share his love of the land & wildlife and the snow geese of Wrangel Island through an amazing lecture complete with videos and photos of this remarkable place and its magnificent inhabitants.
Wrangel Island, Russia (not to be confused with Wrangell Island, Alaska) is over 2900 square miles of the most remote Arctic wilderness on the planet. Located between the Chuckchi Sea and East Siberian Sea, it has been said that the only place harder to get to is the moon. But Wrangel Island has the highest density of polar bear dens in the world; twice as many plants as any other arctic tundra area of similar size; seals, Arctic fox, Arctic wolves, walruses, lemmings, snowy owls; and the only breeding population of snow geese in Russia; and is the last place on earth to have had a thriving woolly mammoth population (dying out only 4,000 years ago.) This wilderness was declared a World Heritage site in 2004. In spite of its remoteness, Vasiliy Baranyuk has studied the island's wildlife for the past 30 summers, with stretches as long as 87 days without seeing another human.
We hope you will take advantage of this unique opportunity and join us in welcoming Vasiliy to the Snow Goose Festival in Chico!
"Amazing Grains: The Story of Rice in California & Beyond" at Chico Museum
This full-house exhibit beautifully tells the story of the relationship between rice farming and migratory waterfowl along the Pacific Flyway...and more. Learn about rice cultivation, the history of rice farming in the region, and the many uses for rice around the world. Lots of interactive activities for hands-on learning are offered, as well as several rice and bird-related videos.
Chico Museum is open Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 4:00 pm. Admission is free to registered Festival attendees with name badge.
Uptown / Downtown Pacific Flyway Art Exhibit
Feast your eyes on wonderful art by artists whose subjects include wildlife and habitat along the Pacific Flyway. This exhibit will feature artwork in a variety of media, including sculpture, clay, oils, watercolor, acrylics, mixed media, glass, and photography. Forty-five artists are participating this year. In alphabetical order: Richard Baldy, Sharon Barker, Paula Beehner, Tedo Best, Kathy Burtman, Paula Busch, Steve Cook, Phyllis Cullen, Henk DeHoop, Sharon Fetterman, Ruelene Fillerup, Karma Ganzler, Kathy Gerevich, Dottie Gillespie, Maribeth Growden, Rachel Helm, Pam House, Claudia Howell, Jane King, Karen Laslo, Jim Lawrence, Robin Lee, Tim Lehor, Irene Lester, George Lockwood, Peter Mathios, Candy Matthews, Benjamin Meester, Dolores Mitchell, Susan McConnell Moreno, Amber Palmer, Muriel Plank, Barbara Ramsey, Shawn Rippner, Michael Rogner, Michael Simpson, Sylvia Sisley-Smejkal, Robin Smith, Charlotte Sweetland, Monica Van der Vieren, Marilyn Walsh, Janet Weidel, Robert Woodward, Mary Wurlitzer, and Chris Yates.
Avenue 9 Gallery
Open Wednesday — Sunday: Noon — 5pm
Chico Art Center
Open Daily: 10 am — 4 pm
SNEAK PREVIEW - Friday, Jan 20 from 5:00-8:00 pm at the two galleries.
"Wildlife Wonders" Art Show & Sale
January 6 - January 28
Orland Art Center
732 4th St. (at Colusa St.)
This fantastic exhibit features the internationally renowned works of Peter Mathios & George Lockwood.
Gallery Hours: Tues - Sat, 1:00 -7:00
Credits: (top) "Foggy Landing" by Peter Mathios; (bottom) "Resting Widgeon" by George Lockwood.
Huell Howser's California's Gold Snow Goose Festival feature
Huell with SGF staff while filming in Chico
We have posted the air schedule for Huell Howser's California's Gold Snow Goose Festival feature! It will be playing all over California during January, so check the calendar and try to catch it...and tell a friend!
KCET, Los Angeles
Tues. January 17th at 7:30 PM
Mon. January 16th at 7:30 PM
KCSM, San Mateo
Thurs. January 13th at 7:30 PM
Tues. January 17th at 7:00 PM Thurs. January 19th at 9:00 PM
Thurs. January 19th at 9:00 PM
KVCR, San Bernardino
Thurs. January 19th at 9:00 PM Sun. January 22 at 10:00 PM
KPBS, San Diego
Tues. January 17th at 5:00 PM Sat. January 21 at 5:30 PM
Two Special Screenings of The Big Year
Saturday, January 21 at 1:00 pm
Sunday, January 22 at 5:00 pm
If you missed this at the theater in October when it was released, you'll want to catch one of these showings! As a special favor to Festival attendees and bird enthusiasts everywhere, the Pageant Theater in Chico is offering two showings of the film, The Big Year, on Saturday, January 21 at 1:00 pm and Sunday, January 22 at 5:00 pm. Our Special Guest and Keynote Speaker,Greg Miller, is one of the famed birders featured in the book, The Big Year by Mark Obmascik, and is portrayed by Jack Black in the film. The Pageant Theater is located at 351 E. 6th Street in Chico. Sorry, no advance ticket sales. Admission $5 at the door, and the popcorn maker will be on!