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21st Annual Snow Goose Festival of the Pacific Flyway January 22-26, 2020, Chico, CA

Snow Geese
Photo by Dow Lambert

Registration is now open! See the beauty and experience the excitement of avian migration at the action-packed five-day festival that celebrates the remarkable journey of millions of waterfowl and thousands of raptors that migrate along the Pacific Flyway and call Northern Sacramento Valley their home during the winter months.

Highlights for our 21st year include:

  • The Snow Goose Festival Art Exhibit & Reception at the Museum of Northern California Art (monca)
  • Gray Lodge Film: “Refuge”at Snow Goose Festival’s Art Exhibit at monca. Three screens for this sunrise to sunset film
  • Live Raptors & Bats: The Center for Reconnecting with Nature, West Coast Falconry, NorCal Bats

    Karen Amstutz

  •  Over 70 Guided Field Trips & Workshops: Boat & Kayak Tours, Raptor & Owl Banding, Painting & Photography Classes, Wildlife Refuge Trips, Bird Carving, Optics Demo
  • Free Activities for Youth & Armchair Adventures: Bird Olympics, Jr. Naturalist Activities, Owl Pellets, Build a LEGO Bird
  • “Gathering of Wings” Banquet & Silent Auction with Featured Key-note Speaker Karen Amstutz, Professional Naturalist and Environmental Educator, The gift of Watching Birds.



23rd Annual Othello Sandhill Crane Festival March  20, 21, and 22, 2020, Othello, Washington

Sandhill Crane
Photo by Holly Stackton

The Othello Sandhill Crane Festival announced the 2020 theme as “The Sounds of Spring.” With the celebration of the spring migration of the Sandhill cranes, the festival offers a variety of events for the whole family to enjoy and learn. Online registration opens on February 1, 2020. Some tours sell out quickly, so check the website early!

Guided tours to view the Festival’s namesake, the Sandhill crane, in the wild and tours highlighting the unique geology of eastern Washington are mainstays of the Festival each year. This year’s Festival will highlight presentations on a variety of Pacific and Inland Northwest wildlife, not only migratory and but also year-round residents.  Photography, biotechnology, unmanned aerial systems (drones), and fire’s role in the ecosystem are also highlights of the 2020 Festival.

The Children Activities Committee will have fun activities for kids, such as faux binoculars to use for “birding” in the gym by finding pictures of various birds, origami folded crane mobiles, live ladybugs as an educational tool, mask making and many other activities.  As always, we will have a free photo booth to take your picture with a digitized Sandhill crane in the background to take home as a souvenir. Best of all, a single general admission ticket ($5 for seniors, $10 for adults, children under 12 are free with a paid adult or senior) gets you in to the Festival on Saturday and covers all lectures and events held at Othello High School, exclusive of viewing tours. Lectures are offered only on Saturday, March 21, 2020. Friday evening and Sunday morning host tours only with the exception of a Friday night keynote address at Othello High School which is free to attend and open to all.




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Mary Porter-Solberg