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SNOW GOOSE FESTIVAL OF THE PACIFIC FLYWAY • 2017
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Snow Goose Festival Headquarters CHICO MASONIC FAMILY CENTER 1110 W East Ave., Chico
Wednesday – Sunday, January 25-29, 2017 Chico, CA ONLINE REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!
A rich opportunity for exploration and adventure awaits you at the 18th Annual Snow Goose Festival of the Pacific Flyway. This action-packed, 5-day event celebrates the remarkable journey of millions of waterfowl and raptors along the Pacific Flyway that call the Northern Sacramento Valley their home during the winter months. • Over 70 guided field trips & workshops • Junior Naturalist Activities • Snow Goose Festival Wildlife Art Exhibit & Reception • “Gathering of Wings” Banquet & Silent Auction • Keynote Speaker, Alvaro Jaramillo, International Bird Guide & Author
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REGISTRATION DEADLINES Online Registration: Closes at 12:00pm Tues., January 24 www.snowgoosefestival.org Walk-In Registration: May be available for some events Wednesday – Sunday at the Chico Masonic Family Center, Snow Goose Festival Headquarters, but cannot be guaranteed. For further information on registration please call 530-345-1865. Cancellation Policy: No cancellations or refunds will be available online. To cancel and receive a refund, minus a processing fee, you must call or email the Snow Goose Festival office by Monday, January 9, 2017. Beginning Tuesday, January 10, no cancellations or “no shows” will be refunded. If for any reason the Snow Goose Festival cancels an event, registered attendees for that event will be notified via email. Attendees will be offered the following options: • register for substitute activities of the same value • donate registration fee to SGF programs • full refund (allow up to 4 weeks processing)
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Bell Memorial Union, CSU, Chico (BMU)
Corner of 2nd & Chestnut St., Chico, 530-898-4636. Directions: From U.S. Hwy 99, take the East First Avenue Exit. Proceed west on East First Avenue following signs to campus. After approx. 1.5 miles, turn left on Esplanade, into downtown Chico. Turn right at 2nd St, then three blocks to corner of 2nd St & Chestnut St. If coming from Hwy 32, turn east at the W. 2nd St stoplight. BMU is six blocks, on the left, at corner of 2nd & Chestnut St. FREE PARKING on weekends at Chico State’s parking structure and on lots across the street from the BMU. Chico Creek Nature Center (CcNc)
1968 E. 8th Street, Chico, 530-891-4671. Directions from Chico: From Hwy 99 take the Hwy 32 Chester Exit #385. Head northeast on CA-32 East toward Chester/E 9th St. Turn left on Fir St., which turns into E. 8th St. The CCNC will be ¾ mile on the left.
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Chico Masonic Family Center (CMFC)
1110 W. East Avenue, Chico. Directions from Chico: From Hwy 99, take East Avenue exit. (two exits north of East 1st Avenue exit.) Turn west on East Avenue. The CMFC is approx. 1.5 miles from Hwy 99 exit, on the right (north) side of East Avenue. If coming from Nord Avenue on Hwy 32, turn east at the W. East Avenue stoplight. CMFC is on the left, after crossing railroad tracks from the Hwy 32 and East Avenue intersection.
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The Hofmann Family Foundation Rancho Esquon
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Gridley McDonalds (GMcDo)
1513 State Hwy 99, Gridley, 530-846-3222. Directions from Chico: Take Hwy 99 South to Gridley. McDonalds is in shopping center, west side of Hwy 99, Gridley. Driving time/distance from Chico: 35 minutes, 29 miles. Indian Fishery Day Use Area
Bidwell-Sacramento River State Park, 12105 River Road, Chico, 530-342-5185. Directions: Head west on East Ave. After crossing railroad tracks, turn left onto CA-32 E/Nord Ave. Then turn right at first cross street onto Glenwood Ave. Turn right onto W Sacramento Ave, 3.4 mi. to Indian Fishery, at corner of W Sacramento Ave. & River Road. Llano Seco Viewing Platform
7 Mile Road, Chico-Dayton. Directions: From Chico, take Dayton Road south approximately five miles, turn west onto Ord Ferry Road. Continue west approx. three miles, turn south onto Seven-mile Lane. Travel two miles to the Unit entrance. Sacramento River Discovery Center (SRDC)
1000 Sale Lane, Red Bluff, 530-527-1196. Directions arriving from Chico on CA-99: Continue onto State Hwy 36W/Antelope Blvd. Turn left on Sale Lane. Entrance gate is approximately 2 miles down Sale Lane. Snow Goose Festival Wildlife Art Exhibit & Reception
325 Main Street (Chico Children’s Museum, downtown Chico) Wildlife Art Exhibit from Jan. 27–Feb. 3, 2017 Wildlife Art Reception, Fri., Jan. 27, 5:00pm - 8:00pm Studio 561
561 E. Lindo Ave., Chico, 530-370-1285. Directions: Mangrove Ave to E. Lindo, across from S&S Produce.
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FIELD TRIPS & WORKSHOPS on Saturday and Sunday mornings with different leaders. A$22 - Y$10 Level 2
Wednesday, January 25 FIELD TRIPS Bird Photography at Rancho Esquon SOLD OUT Wed 7:00 am - 12:00 pm Meet at Chico Masonic Family Center
Soils, Landforms, & Vegetation of Bidwell Park NEW Wed 7:30 am - 12:00 pm Meet at Chico Masonic Family Center This trip begins in the flood plain of Big Chico Creek and travels back in time across the older deposits of the creek and up onto the Cascade foothills. We will do some free-style birding on our hike back. A$22 - Y$10 Level 3
Up the Creek with a Pair of Binoculars Wed 10:00 am - 3:00 pm Meet at Chico Masonic Family Center The Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve (BCCER) is part of the larger Big Chico Creek watershed and home to a great diversity of plants, animals, and over 100 bird species. We will bird the oak woodland/chaparral of the upper canyon, then we’ll head down to the creek. A$27 - Y$10 Level 2
Raptor Run NEW/SOLD OUT Wed 12:00 pm - 4:30 pm Meet at Chico Masonic Family Center January is the best months for raptor viewing in Butte County. Target species include Bald and Golden Eagles, Peregrine and Prairie Falcons, Merlin, Ferruginous and Rough-legged Hawks, and Burrowing Owl. Carpooling is mandatory to keep the number of vehicles to a minimum. This trip is also offered on Saturday. A$25 - Y$10 Level 2
Sacramento Refuge Fly-Off Wed 12:30 pm - 6:30 pm Meet at Chico Masonic Family Center First stop and look for geese, swans, and cranes on our way to the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge. Then on to the refuge in time to witness thousands of birds silhouetted against the sunset sky as they leave the refuge in their spectacular ‘fly-off’. This trip is also offered on Thursday/ Friday with a different leader. A$27 - Y$10 Level 2
Oxidation Ponds & Indian Fishery Wed 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm Meet at Chico Masonic Family Center Visit two of Chico’s best birding sites, the Oxidation Ponds Wildlife Sanctuary and Indian Fishery Area of Bidwell-Sacramento River State Park. See waterfowl, woodpeckers, as well as resident birds and mammals. If we’re lucky we may also see River Otter, Beaver, and Pond Turtles. Bring binoculars. This trip is also offered
FIELD TRIPS KEY Level 1= Mostly birding by car and/or easy walking Level 2= Walking, could involve distance but largely flat Level 3= More vigorous hiking, some elevation gain/loss Level 4= A true adventure trip, lots of driving and hiking A= Adult Y= Youth = Wheelchair accessible
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Eagle Roost Safari SOLD OUT Wed 2:00 pm - 6:30 pm Meet at (Directions will be provided)
Thursday, January 26 FIELD TRIPS Marathon Big Day Birding in Glenn County SOLD OUT Thu 7:00 am - 6:00 pm Meet at Chico Masonic Family Center
Bidwell Park’s Yahi Trail Thu 7:30 am - 12:00 pm Meet at Chico Masonic Family Center Hike 4 miles round-trip of the Yahi Trail along Big Chico Creek. This stretch of rich riparian habitat provides excellent viewing of oak woodland plants and animal species, and it has some of the best winter birding in Bidwell Park. This trip is also offered on Sunday morning. A$25 - Y$10 Level 3
Winter Raptors SOLD OUT Thu 8:00 am - 3:00 pm Meet at Chico Masonic Family Center
Divide Ranch (includes lunch) Thu 8:00 am - 4:00 pm Meet at Chico Masonic Family Center Visit areas of the Divide Ranch in Glenn Co. The family’s love for the land has inspired them to create numerous riparian areas for wildlife habitat. Then enjoy lunch at the ranch house with Divide Ranch’s 100% Grass-Fed Beef on the menu. An extra pair of waterproof boots is a must due to a creek crossing. A$37 - Y$17 Level 3
Bidwell Park Bird Walk Thu 8:30 am - 11:00 am Meet at Chico Masonic Family Center Enjoy a bird walk through Bidwell Park with ornithologist and author of Birds of Bidwell Park, Roger Lederer and his wife, Carol. Learn amazing facts about the birds of the park and how to identify them It is excellent birding for both the beginner and expert. This trip is also offered on Friday. A$12 - Y$8 Level 2
Rancho Esquon SOLD OUT Thu 8:30 am - 12:30 pm Meet at Chico Masonic Family Center
Gray Lodge & Cordi Winery SOLD OUT Thu 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Eagle Roost Safari SOLD OUT Thu 2:00 pm - 6:30 pm Meet at (Directions will be provided)
Historic Rancho Llano Seco: Wildlife & Habitat Conservation Thu 2:00 pm - 6:30 pm Meet at Chico Masonic Family Center This is a “behind the gates” opportunity to visit the historic Rancho Llano Seco. We’ll hear about the ranch’s rich natural and cultural histories, and see hundreds of wintering ducks, geese, and Sandhill Cranes! A$27 - Y$10 Level 2
Bat Safari SOLD OUT Thu 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm Meet at Chico Masonic Family Center
Winter Northern Saw-whet Owl Banding SOLD OUT Thu 4:30 pm - 9:00 pm Meet at Chico Masonic Family Center
PRESENTATIONS/ WORKSHOPS Sutter Buttes Painting Class NEW Thu 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Meet at Studio 561, 561 E Lindo Ave, Chico A beginner painting level, this palette knife piece is both fun and adventuresome. Paint the favorite feeding grounds of the commuting birds at Studio 561. Refreshments will be provided. All ages welcome. Fee includes materials. $45
Friday, January 27 FIELD TRIPS Paddle the Thermalito Afterbay NEW Fri 7:00 am - 12:30 pm Meet at Chico Masonic Family Center Paddle the Afterbay with experienced guides from the Forebay Aquatic Center and see the diverse wildlife. Guests will be provided with all boating equipment and fundamental paddling instruction for novice to experienced. A$45 - Y$35 Level 2
Marathon Big Day Birding in Butte County SOLD OUT Fri 7:00 am - 6:30 pm
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Sacramento Refuge Fly-Off Thu 12:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Red Bluff Recreation Area Fri 7:30 am - 3:00 pm
Meet at Chico Masonic Family Center This trip is also offered on Wednesday and Friday (See Wednesday’s description.) A$27 - Y$10 Level 2
Meet at Chico Masonic Family Center at 7:30 am Meet at Sacramento River Discovery Center at 8:30 am The Sacramento River Discovery Center, will be the take-off point for this exciting birding adventure. Over 120 different species of birds have been sighted in this area throughout the year. A$27 - Y$10 Level 2
Paskenta’s C & R Ranch (includes lunch) Fri 7:45 am - 4:00 pm Meet at Chico Masonic Family Center C&R ranch captures the beauty of the coast range foothills. The Oak woodlands and grasslands host a variety of birds like Western Bluebird, Lewis’s Woodpecker, Golden and Bald Eagles. Return to Chico via Newville Rd. in search of Mountain Bluebird and Ferruginous Hawk. Lunch will be provided by C&R Ranch. A$37 - Y$17 Level 3
Digiscoping & Phonescoping Workshop/Field Trip Fri 8:00 am - 12:00 pm Meet at Chico Masonic Family Center Taking pictures through a spotting scope with your camera of wildlife is an excellent way to document your sightings and is pure fun. First spend time in the classroom then we will step outside and get some nature photos. Participants are encouraged to bring their spotting scope and cameras. A$22 - Y$10 Level 1
Rancho Llano Seco: Farms, Water, & Wildlife Fri 8:00 am - 12:00 pm Meet at Chico Masonic Family Center See and learn about the ranch water delivery system that has been in use for over 100 years. Then walk along the valley oak woodlands, savannas, and freshwater marshes which will provide ample opportunity to see wintering waterfowl, including Sandhill Cranes and other migratory birds. A$22 - Y$10 Level 2
Sutter Buttes Hike: Dean Ranch Fri 8:00 am - 4:00 pm Meet at Gridley McDonalds Visit the 100-year-old Dean Place Cattle Ranch. This trip will focus primarily on birding with hopes of seeing Golden Eagles, Phainopeplas, and Rufous-crowned Sparrows. No early departures on this trip. You will be driving another 12-15 miles to the hike’s starting point from the meeting place. A$45 - Y$30 Level 3
Yana Trail NEW/SOLD OUT Fri 8:00 am - 5:00 pm Meet at Chico Masonic Family Center The Yana trail crosses ponds, riparian zones, rolling blue oak savannah, and lava rock canyons. Expect an abundance of Lewis’s Woodpeckers, White-breasted Nuthatches, Ruby-crowned Kinglets, a variety of sparrows, Common Mergansers, herons and egrets. Also see offers stunning views of the Sacramento River and Mt. Lassen. A$30 - Y$10 Level 3
Bidwell Park Bird Walk Fri 8:30am - 11:00 am Meet at Chico Masonic Family Center This trip is also offered on Thursday. (See Thursday’s description.) A$12 - Y$8 Level 2
Colusa National Wildlife Refuge Fri 8:30 am - 2:00 pm Meet at Chico Masonic Family Center Wildlife, wintering waterfowl, and nature photography are exceptional at Colusa National Wildlife Refuge. Spectacular flights of Snow Geese and Ross’s Geese
along with thousands of Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal, Mallard, Gadwall, and Northern Shovelers can be seen in the marshes. A$27 - Y$10 Level 2
Dye Creek Preserve Fri 8:45 am - 2:30 pm Meet at Chico Masonic Family Center Visit the rugged Dye Creek Preserve in the Lassen Foothills. Expect to see birds common to oak woodlands such as the Lewis’s Woodpecker, Acorn Woodpecker, Oak Titmouse, and California Quail. Ferruginous Hawk, Bald Eagle, and Golden Eagle may also be seen at the Preserve. A$27 - Y$10 Level 3
Birds & Wine with Purple Line NEW Fri 9:00 am - 1:30 pm
Saturday, January 28 FIELD TRIPS Valley Wetlands & Wintering Waterbirds: For the Serious Birder Sat 6:30 am - 4:30 pm Meet at Chico Masonic Family Center Stops will include the Llano Seco Unit, Sacramento National WR, Thermalito Afterbay, Feather River and Cottonwood Rd. Along with Snow Geese, we hope to see a variety of waterfowl, raptors, and many other wetland species. This trip is most appropriate for intermediate/ advanced birders. A$30 - Y$10 Level 4
Meet at Chico Masonic Family Center Purple Line Urban Winery will be your last stop on this amazing birding adventure. See the swans, geese, and raptors along Cottonwood Road. Then hike the Feather River Trail to view diving ducks, herons, and egrets. Then on to the Purple Line Urban Winery for wine tasting and a presentation by the owner and winemaker. A$35 Level 2
Raptor ID, Trapping, & Banding SOLD OUT Sat 7:00 am - 12:00 pm
Sacramento Refuge Fly-Off Fri 12:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Meet at Chico Masonic Family Center Visit two premier Sacramento Valley wildlife refuges, Sacramento NWR, and Gray Lodge Wildlife Area. See huge flocks of Snow Geese and waterfowl along with cranes, ibis, and a variety of raptors. A$30 - Y$10 Level 2
Meet at Chico Masonic Family Center This trip is also offered on Wednesday and Thursday. (See Wednesday’s description.) A$27 - Y$10 Level 2
Raptor Run thru Butte County SOLD OUT Fri 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Meet at Chico Masonic Family Center
Eagle Roost Safari SOLD OUT Fri 2:00 pm - 6:30 pm Meet at (Directions will be provided)
Family Owl Prowl Fri 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm Meet at Chico Creek Nature Center This family-oriented field trip offers a unique glimpse into the amazing nocturnal world of owls. The Prowl, a leisurely hike into Bidwell Park, will start and end at the Chico Creek Nature Center. Dress warmly and bring a flashlight. A$12 - Y$5 Level 1
PRESENTATIONS/ WORKSHOPS Basic Nature & Wildlife Photography Workshop Fri 8:30 am - 11:00 am Meet at Chico Masonic Family Center This workshop is an introduction to nature and wildlife photography, particularly bird photography. Topics will include exposure, lighting, composition, and the ethics of nature photography. This workshop compliments a “free” Sacramento NWR photography tour on Sunday morning. To sign up contact Sacramento NWR at (530) 934-2801 or sacramentovalleyrefuges@ fws.gov. A$15 - Y$8
Canada Goose Painting Class NEW Fri 10:00 am - 12:00 pm Meet at Studio 561, 561 E Lindo Ave, Chico A beginner/intermediate painting class in acrylics of a Canada Goose among the reeds done at Studio 561. Refreshments will be provided. Fee includes materials. $45
Bird Carving Seminar for Beginners Fri 11:00 am - 4:00 pm Meet at Chico Masonic Family Center Join master carvers from the Pacific Flyway Decoy Association for a five hour carving seminar of a Dunlin. All materials, including a study guide and knives, will be provided. This workshop’s fee includes a one-year membership in the Pacific Flyway Decoy Association. Must be fifteen years or older. $35
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Refuge to Refuge: Snow Geese Galore! Sat 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Bird the Shores of Black Butte Lake Sat 7:30 am - 3:00 pm Meet at Chico Masonic Family Center Explore the backwaters and woodlands this lake has to offer. See Pied-billed, Western and Clark’s Grebes, Belted Kingfisher, Bonaparte’s Gulls, and Goldeneyes. Along the roads see Wild Turkeys, Mountain Bluebirds, Red-tailed Hawks, Lewis’s Woodpeckers, Golden and Bald Eagles. A$27 - Y$10 Level 3
Tehama Bird Trek Sat 7:30 am - 3:00 pm Meet at Chico Masonic Family Center On this exciting bird trek stops include always birdy Cone Grove Park, Payne’s Creek Recreation Area and surrounding BLM lands. Habitats include oak woodland, restored grasslands, and riparian. Target birds for this trip are the Lewis’s Woodpecker, lots of raptors, and possibly Greater Roadrunner. A$27 - Y$10 Level 3
Sutter Buttes Hike: State Park’s Peace Valley Sat 7:45 am - 4:00 pm Meet at Chico Masonic Family Center Explore California State Park’s Peace Valley in the Sutter Buttes. Step back in time as you learn about Peace Valley’s natural and cultural history. Visit a Native American site used for grinding acorns. This hike involves some moderate uphill hiking, so wear sturdy hiking boots. No early departures on this trip. A$45 - Y$30 Level 3
Sutter Buttes Hike: State Park’s Peace Valley & “House Hill” Sat 7:45 am - 4:00 pm Meet at Chico Masonic Family Center Explore California State Park’s Peace Valley in the Sutter Buttes. Our journey will include a climb to the top of “House Hill” where fantastic views of the valley and the surrounding buttes can be found. This is a strenuous hike over some steep terrain so wear sturdy hiking boots. No early departures on this trip. A$45 - Y$30 Level 4
Tundra Swan Viewing: District 10 (includes lunch) SOLD OUT Sat 8:00 am - 1:30 pm Meet at Chico Masonic Family Center
Lassen Volcanic National Park Snowshoe Hike NEW Sat 8:00 am - 3:00 pm Meet at Chico Masonic Family Center Learn about the wildlife and birds at Lassen Volcanic National Park in winter! Explore the park’s beautiful Red Fir forest on snowshoes. Participants must be 8 years or older and able to withstand moderate physical exertion at an elevation of 7,000 feet. Snowshoes will be provided. No experience necessary! A$27 - Y$10 Level 4
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FREE EVENTS & ACTIVITIES Saturday & Sunday, Jan.
Chico Masonic Family Center 1110 W. East Ave., Chico Llano Seco Viewing Platform 7-mile Lane, Chico/Dayton Indian Fishery W. Sacramento & River Rds., Chico
The Maze of Maps
Beaks, Bones, and Bird Songs
Sat 9:00 am - 4:00 pm Sun 9:00am - 3:00pm Location: Chico Masonic Family Center This year will feature an eclectic assortment of interesting maps from around the North Valley and beyond. Get the bird’s eye view of our local landscape features. Stroll through the CMFC hallway and let your curiosity take you on a tour of maps.
Exhibits & Vendors Galore
Sat 9:00 am - 4:00 pm Sun 9:00am - 3:00pm Location: Chico Masonic Family Center Displays by State, Federal, and Non-profit organizations. Plus, vendors selling everything from binoculars to bird books.
Federal Junior Duck Stamp Display Sat 9:00 am - 4:00 pm Sun 9:00am - 3:00pm Location: Chico Masonic Family Center All 100 California winners from nearly 2,000 entries on display, including the Chico winners.
Meet Smokey Bear & the Blue Goose Sat 9:00 am - 4:00 pm Sun 9:00am - 3:00pm Location: Chico Masonic Family Center Smokey the Bear and the National Wildlife Refuge’s Blue Goose will be visiting at various times courtesy of the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge. Also be sure to visit the US Fish & Wildlife Service fire safety exhibit booth.
Junior Naturalist Activities
Sat 10:00 am - 3:00 pm Sun 10:00 am - 3:00pm Location: Chico Masonic Family Center Live Raptor Presentation, Junior Duck Stamp Display, meet Smokey Bear and Blue Goose. Participation in a some children’s activities may earn a Junior Naturalist Certificate. Nature crafts, make bird feeders, bird calls and much more!
Wolves in California: The Long Journey Home
Sat. 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm Sun. 1:00pm - 2:30pm Location: Chico Masonic Family Center One of California’s most inspiring conservation stories, the return of the gray wolf. As a keystone predator, wolves provide a critical balance to their ecosystem. No other animal in history has so captured the imagination of people! Come learn about the true nature of this dynamic predator and what its return means to our golden state.
SATURDAY ONLY Slow the Flow
Sat. 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Location: Chico Masonic Family Center Want to learn how to prevent water pollution? We’ll discuss water-wise landscaping including rain gardens, bioswales, pervious pavers, and use of native plants. Then we’ll take a field trip to Lost Park to see a constructed stormwater treatment project. We’ll join The Stream Team monitoring water quality in Big Chico Creek and assist Friends of Bidwell Park planting native trees creekside.
California State Parks Presents: Indian Fishery Junior Ranger Program
Sat. 10:00 am - 11:00 am Location: Indian Fishery Become a Junior Ranger by joining Ranger Matt Stalter for a short, adventurous hike through the
oak woodlands and riparian habitat at Indian Fishery. You’ll explore the meandering river system and the ox-bow lake located at the park unit. Junior Rangers receive a Junior Ranger Log Book, sticker, and opportunity to earn other awards. Hike is geared for children 7 - 12 years old but families are encouraged to attend. Meet at Indian Fishery parking lot: West Sacramento Ave. at River Road. Limit 15 participants. To register, please call Ranger Zack Chambers at ranger office (530) 342-5185.
Birding Inspirations through My Lens and Yours!
Sat. 11:00 am - 12:30 pm Location: Chico Masonic Family Center Bird photography can fill you with the wonder of Mother Nature. Jeff Rich will share tips on how to improve your photography and enjoyment of nature, especially birds and wildlife. He’ll discuss techniques using his new book, The Complete Guide to Bird Photography. For all bird and nature lovers. His book available for $29.95.
Sun 11:30am – 12:30pm Location: Chico Masonic Family Center Learn the basics about Binoculars and Spotting Scopes for bird watching! What do the numbers mean? Isn’t higher power always better? This will be a “show and tell” discussion about the differences in size, quality, and construction of optics so that you can make a good choice for your needs and budget. Sample optics will be available from numerous manufacturers to illustrate. Marilyn Rose from Out of This World Optics will be the presenter.
All About Bats!
Sun. 11:00am – 12:30pm Location: Chico Masonic Family Center They are one of the most beneficial, yet most misunderstood animals in the world. Learn more about the habits, habitats, and species of bats that reside within the unique ecosystems of California’s valleys and forests.
Volcanoes of Lassen Volcanic National Park
All Those White Geese! Snow Goose Workshop
Sat. 11:00 am - 12:30 pm Location: Chico Masonic Family Center Snow Geese, Ross’s Geese, and Blue Morphs - it can be overwhelmingly white in the sky! Come learn how to tell the difference between all these white geese. Through exquisite pictures and lively narration, you can become much more knowledgeable about our Mascot of the Festival.
Our Magnetic Sun & Solar Viewing
Sat. 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm Location: Chico Masonic Family Center Birds use the sun’s polarized light as one of their tools to enable them to navigate during migration. We’ll begin with a talk about our sun, sunspots, solar prominence, flares, and coronal mass ejections. Then we’ll explore light using simple diffraction gratings. Finally, skies permitting, we’ll go outside and do some solar viewing using a safe, dedicated solar telescope.
SUNDAY ONLY Photographing the Refuge
Sun. 10:00 am - 11:00 am Location: Chico Masonic Family Center How the Struggle for Survival has Shaped Bird Behavior Using senses and instincts honed by evolution, birds must find food, migrate long distances, withstand the vagaries of the weather, and avoid predators all while competing with each other for survival. Today birds are also challenged by human-made obstacles; Avoiding collisions with cars; changing songs in noisy cities; and using street lights to increase foraging times are remarkable ways birds cope with a changing planet. Roger Lederer’s book Beaks, Bones, and Bird Songs ($20) will be available at this presentation and throughout the Festival weekend.
Sun. 7:00 am - 12:00 pm Location: Llano Seco Viewing Platform Meet at the platform’s parking lot on 7 Mile Lane for a morning of photography. Depending on waterfowl distribution at the time, we’ll shoot at Llano Seco or, travel to Colusa NWR or, Sacramento NWR. Come prepared with telephoto lenses but also have a wide angle lens available for scenic photographs. Reservations required through the Sacramento Wildlife Refuge. 530-934-2801 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Space is limited to 20 participants.
Sun. 12:00pm – 1:30pm Location: Chico Masonic Family Center This workshop is a great opportunity for educators, adults, and children ages ten and older to learn about some of the world’s most exciting active earth processes. Learn about the unique geologic features of this national park and how to identify the four major types of volcanoes. Educational props, volcanic rocks, visual display, and other resources will be used to enhance this presentation.
Raptor Force Assembly
Sun. 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm Location: Chico Masonic Family Center West Coast Falconry is coming to the Snow Goose Festival! Falconers have played a pivotal role in raptor conservation, captive breeding techniques, and educating the public on seeing the world through the eyes of nature’s elite predators. Get an up-close look at hawks, falcons, owls, and a precocious vulture. Bring your cameras and questions—we will be flying several birds during the presentation.
Wetlands’ Wildlife: The Sacramento Valley
Sun. 2:00pm – 3:00pm Location: Chico Masonic Family Center Filmed in Gray Lodge Wildlife Refuge, The Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge, The Llano Seco Wildlife Refuge, and the wetlands and rice fields in Butte and Colusa in California, this beautiful video gives viewers a close-up look at many of the migratory birds that travel from as far away as Siberia and the Arctic Circle to make their homes in the Sacramento Valley’s wetlands each winter.
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Bidwell Park: Bird & Ecological Diversity Sat 9:00 am - 12:30 pm Meet at Chico Masonic Family Center Come explore the diverse habitats of Bidwell Park. We will learn about the factors that influence the vegetation of Blue Oak, grassland, and riparian areas, and create a list of birds from each area and discuss the reasons for the diversity. A$22 - Y$10 Level 3
Sutter Buttes Hike: Dean Ranch Sat 8:00 am - 4:00 pm Meet at Gridley McDonalds Take a 3-mile hike around the 100-year-old Dean Cattle Ranch and see Mountain Bluebird, Varied Thrush, Golden Eagle, and Ferruginous Hawk, along with the usual winter sparrows. No early departures on this trip. Be aware that you will be driving another 12-15 miles to the hike’s starting point from the meeting place. A$45 - Y$30 Level 3
Birds & Trees of the Genetic Resource & Conservation Center Sat 8:15 am - 12:00 pm Meet at Chico Masonic Family Center This 209-acre center has exotic trees and shrubs, some over 100 years old. Learn how to identify trees and tree resources for birds. The large variety of trees and the creek attracts many species of birds. We hope to see Western Bluebird, Downy Woodpecker, and raptors to name a few. A$22 - Y$10 Level 2
Olive City Agriculture & Nature Center (includes lunch)
Sat 8:15 am - 2:00 pm Meet at Chico Masonic Family Center Olive City Agriculture & Nature Center is a 354-acre site near Corning. Explore the 275-acre nature preserve where over 100 bird species take advantage of restored wetlands, vernal pools, and uplands, and Burrowing Owls winter in artificial burrows. A delicious BBQ lunch prepared by Scotty Weston, Operations Manager A$37 - Y$17 Level 3
Llano Seco Viewing Platform: Dabbling, Diving & Soaring Sat 8:30 am - 12:30 pm Meet at Chico Masonic Family Center The Llano Seco Unit Platform offers sensational views from a viewing platform and an ideal spot for viewing a large number of geese and ducks. Often seen include Sandhill Cranes, raptors, herons, and egrets. This is definitely a birding hot spot and a good trip for the beginning birder. This trip is also offered on Sunday. A$22 - Y$10 Level 2
Wings & Wine Tasting in Vina Sat 8:30 am - 3:00 pm Meet at Chico Masonic Family Center We’ll first explore the riparian and oak woodland habitats of the Sacramento River in search of woodpeckers, raptors, thrushes, sparrows, bluebirds, and more. Next, visit the Abbey of New Clairvaux in nearby Vina for a tour and wine tasting included. A$38 Level 2
Birding & Brunch in Paradise SOLD OUT Sat 8:45 am - 2:00 pm
How Bird Language Relates to Wilderness Survival NEW Sat 9:30 am - 1:30 pm Meet at Chico Masonic Family Center Take a casual hike, a bird sit, and lessons on bird language and how it relates to wilderness survival. Reconnecting to this awareness can open up a whole new world to the average birder who wants to go beyond watching and identification. Bring a notebook, pen and something to sit on in case the ground is wet. A$22 - Y$10 Level 2
Family Hike at Verbena Fields Sat 10:00 am - 12:00 pm Meet at Chico Masonic Family Center Verbena Fields is a 21-acre open space that is an active restoration site along Lindo Channel where native plants lots of birds and animals are making a comeback. Join us for a lighthearted, activity-filled exploration of this urban gem. A$12 - Y$5 Level 2
Presentations/ WorkshoPs Soundscapes of California Sat 9:00 am - 10:30 am Meet at Chico Masonic Family Center We will enjoy a selection of surround-sound recordings from California’s parks and wildlife preserves. Survey of nature recording equipment and brief ear training exercises will be given. “Soundscape” describes an immersive appreciation of nature. Participants may wish to take the field trip that compliments this workshop, Beginning Birding by Ear on Sunday at 7:45 am. A$8 - Y$5
Meet at Chico Masonic Family Center Western and Clark’s Grebes are colonial water birds that have elaborate courtship rituals including a “rushing” display where pairs dance across the water together. Study’s results and Audubon’s efforts to help these unique water birds will be presented. A$8 - Y$5
Searching for Gold Spot: The Wild after Wildfire NEW Sat 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Meet at Chico Masonic Family Center This trip is also offered on Wednesday afternoon and Sunday. (See Wednesday’s description.) A$22 - Y$10 Level 2
Meet at Chico Masonic Family Center Forests that have had fire are vibrant, dazzling, and full of life. Black-backed Woodpeckers rely on these burned forests, along with a plethora of other wildlife such as deer, black bears, bobcats, sapsuckers, including nesting Northern Goshawks and Spotted Owls. Come enjoy this film’s short journey of wonder and discovery. A$8 – Y$5
Cranes, Raptors, & Waterfowl SOLD OUT Sat 11:00 am - 4:30 pm
Western Bluebird Painting Class NEW Sat 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Oxidation Ponds & Indian Fishery Sat 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Meet at Studio 561, 561 E Lindo Ave, Chico You will be creating a beautiful painting of a Western Bluebird, one of our more colorful area birds, on a 12x12 canvas. No experience necessary as Julee will walk you through simple step-by-step and easy to follow instructions. All materials provided. Bring your creative self to Studio 561 and have fun! Youth, age 12 to 17, are welcome. $45
Raptor Run Sat 12:00 pm - 4:30 pm Meet at Chico Masonic Family Center This trip is also offered on Wednesday. (See Wednesday’s description.) A$25 - Y$10 Level 2
Less Lawn, More Wildlife: Gardens as Habitat Sat 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Tundra Swan Viewing: District 10 Sat 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm Meet at Chico Masonic Family Center A trip to Marysville’s District 10 is where Tundra Swans can be seen. The group will scout for a wide variety of water birds, from ducks, egrets and ibis to less seen Bald Eagle and Peregrine Falcon. This area is one of the premier swan viewing sites in California. A$22 - Y$10 Level 1
Waterfowl Photography at Colusa NWR NEW/ SOLD OUT Sat 12:45 pm - 5:00 pm Meet at Chico Masonic Family Center
Eagle Roost Safari SOLD OUT Sat 2:00 pm - 6:30 pm Meet at (Directions will be provided)
Meet at Chico Masonic Family Center
2017 Snow Goose Festival Wildlife Art Exhibit
Water Dancers: Western & Clark’s Grebes Sat 9:00 am - 10:30 am
Meet at Chico Masonic Family Center In this workshop you’ll learn the nuts and bolts of converting a lawn into a wildlife friendly garden for pollinators and birds. Methods of eliminating lawns - irrigation conversion - design considerations - and plant choices will be covered. We will also talk about Altacal’s Neighborhood Habitat Certification Program. A$8 - Y$5
The Photography of Ron Sanford Sat 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm Meet at Chico Masonic Family Center Photographer, Ron Sanford, will share his new-found excitement for the technological advances in photography, including time-lapse photography from his experience filming in Alaska and from his Sierra deck here in California. His subjects will include the Alaska Range, Mount Denali and the Milky Way Galaxy. A$8 - Y$5
Jan. 27– Feb. 3, 2017 • Downtown Chico
Wildlife Art Exhibit 325 Main Street (Chico Children’s Museum)
Feast your eyes on work of several artists done in sculpture, clay, oils, fiber arts, watercolor, acrylics, mixed media, glass, and photography, and featuring subjects of wildlife and habitat along the Pacific Flyway.
Art Opening & Welcome Reception Friday, Jan. 27, 5:00 - 8:00 pm • FREE to public 325 Main Street (Chico Children’s Museum) Public parking lot at W 2nd & Wall Streets You are invited to attend the Festival’s Wildlife Art & Welcome Reception on January 27. View the inspiring collection of artwork, enjoy refreshments, splendid conversations, and a no-host bar. Bring a friend and meet the artists, along with fellow festival participants, presenters, and field trip leaders. This is truly a special evening you won’t want to miss!
The History and Mystery of the Sutter Buttes Sat 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm Meet at Chico Masonic Family Center Here’s an opportunity for glimpses into the mysterious Sutter Buttes. Travel through the Buttes without ever leaving your chair as you enjoy this fascinating slide presentation on the many facets and wonders of the remarkable landscape that makes up the Sutter Buttes. A$8 - Y$5
The Life of the Rough-legged Hawk NEW Sat 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm Meet at Chico Masonic Family Center Approximately 100,000 GPS locations from fledgling and adult Rough-legged Hawks that were fitted with satellite and cellular transmitters have been collected. Hawks were trapped and released with transmitters throughout North America. Jeff will discuss the biology, ecology, status, conservation, and annual movements of Rough-legged hawks. Also the life of these amazing hawks will be discussed. A$8 - Y$5
Ninth Avenue Gallery Presents the
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Snow Goose Festival Wildlife Art Exhibit January 27th - February 3rd 215 Main Street
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Sunday, January 29 Field Trips Understanding Bird Language Sun 7:00 am - 11:30 am Meet at Chico Masonic Family Center Take a different angle on birding by looking at how to understand the vocalizations of birds and how they relate to food, predators, and other elements of the ecosystem. Then choose a spot on the landscape to sit and observe then come together and make a map of observations. ALL LEVELS OF EXPERIENCE WELCOME!! Please bring a chair. A$25 - Y$10 Level 1
Raptor ID, Trapping, & Banding SOLD OUT Sun 7:00 am - 12:00 pm Meet at Chico Masonic Family Center
Marathon Big Day Birding in Tehama County NEW Sun 7:00 am - 6:30 pm Meet at Chico Masonic Family Center A full day of birding in Tehama County. We will hit Black Butte Lake, Dog Island Park, Cone Grove Park, and along Lassen Roads for a chance at Ferruginous Hawks, Prairie Falcon, and maybe Mountain Bluebirds! Carpooling is mandatory. No early departures on this trip. A$30 - Y$10 Level 4
North Table Mountain Reserve Birds & Waterfalls SOLD OUT Sun 7:30 am - 4:00 pm Meet at Chico Masonic Family Center
Beginning Birding by Ear Sun 7:45 am - 11:00 am Meet at Chico Masonic Family Center Listen to and learn some audio clues for identifying bird songs and calls in the field. Recording equipment in the Soundscapes workshop will be along on this trip. Participants may wish to take the Soundscapes Workshop on Sat. at 9am. A$22 - Y$10 Level 2
The Birds of Willow Bend Sun 7:45 am - 12:00 pm Meet at Chico Masonic Family Center Journey into Willow Bend, a rare opportunity to see this 200-acre private property along the Sacramento River which is owned by Chico-River Partners. Hike the property, enjoy the river, and see some great birds. Some notable sightings have included Peregrine Falcon, Ferruginous Hawk, Barrow’s Goldeneye, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, and White-throated Sparrow. A$22 - Y$10 Level 2
Birds & Trees of Butte Creek Ecological Preserve Sun 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Sutter Buttes Hike: Summit Ascent Sun 8:00 am - 4:00 pm Meet at Gridley McDonalds This hike adds an additional half-mile 1000 ft. elevation gain. The last half-mile is quite strenuous. Wear sturdy hiking shoes, dress in layers, and bring lunch and water. No early departures on this trip. You will be driving another 12-15 miles to the hike’s starting point from the meeting place. A$45 - Y$30 Level 4
Gray Lodge Wildlife Area Sun 8:15 am - 3:00 pm Meet at Chico Masonic Family Center Gray Lodge Wildlife Area is one of the premier winter birding areas. With its varied habitats, flat hiking trails, viewing hides, and auto loop, viewing the abundant waterfowl and Snow Geese will be spectacular! We will also be looking for wintering raptors, shorebirds, and gulls. A$27 - Y$10 Level 2
Llano Seco Viewing Platform: Dabbling, Diving & Soaring Sun 8:30 am - 12:30 pm Meet at Chico Masonic Family Center This trip is also offered Sat. (See Saturday’s description.) A$22 - Y$10 Level 2
Bidwell Park’s Yahi Trail Sun 8:30 am - 1:00 pm Meet at Chico Masonic Family Center This trip is also offered on Thursday. (See Thursday’s description.) A$25 - Y$10 Level 3
Birding & Brunch in Paradise Sun 8:45 am - 2:00 pm Meet at Chico Masonic Family Center See the birds of Paradise and enjoy a sumptuous brunch. Walk the Historic Miocene Flume, enjoy a Luau brunch at the Wulbern’s beautiful home. End the day at Kunkle Reservoir, see Western Bluebirds, Red-breasted Sapsuckers, resident hawks, and other birds and wildlife. A$37 - Y$17 Level 2
Oxidation Ponds & Indian Fishery Sun 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Saturday, January 28, 2017 • 5:30 pm – 10:00pm
Bell Memorial Union Auditorium, CSU, Chico Corner of 2nd Street and Chestnut Street, Chico, CA COST: $39 Adult, $25 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, great entertainment and is anticipated by many as the one annual chance to visit 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: Alvaro Jaramillo, International Bird Guide and Author Keynote Address: The Birder Brain and Why Birding is for Everyone Birding is a ton of fun, it gets you outside, you meet great people, you see gorgeous birds, and it works your brain! Much of the brain exercise is about learning and recognizing, namely identifying birds. Most bird identification lectures focus on field marks and the specifics of separating species A from species B. But few explain exactly how we identify birds. How does our brain get tripped up during bird identification — ever encounter the “leaf bird,” the “branch bird,” or worst of all, “the plastic bag snowy owl?” Why do experts identify birds almost without thinking, while the rest of us struggle? Are experts different than the rest of us, or, are there tricks? Truth is, bird identification is hard, but our brain
is wired to shortcut much of the thinking involved. The trick is training yourself to do it like a pro, and that’s the aim of this presentation — a lighthearted but informative explanation of how the heck they do it. In turn, we also realize how birding is for everyone, and a great addition to anyone’s life. Alvaro Jaramillo was born in Chile and began birding in Toronto, Canada, where he lived as a youth. Trained in ecology and evolution with a particular interest in bird behavior, he is the author of Birds of Chile, an authoritative yet portable field guide. He recently wrote the American Birding Association Field Guide to the Birds of California, writes the “Identify Yourself” column in Bird Watcher’s Digest, and also runs a birding and nature tour company Alvaro’s Adventures, with a focus on having fun while learning and to truly enjoy nature. Alvaro lives with his family in Half Moon Bay, California.
Silent Auction begins at 5:30 pm The vibrant Silent Auction tables will include a variety of exquisite items including works of art, wine, services, available during the Banquet at the BMU. 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!
Meet at Chico Masonic Family Center This trip is also offered on Wednesday afternoon and Saturday. (See Wednesday’s description.) A$22 - Y$10 Level 2
Rancho Esquon Sun 9:00 am - 1:00 pm Meet at Chico Masonic Family Center Visit Rancho Esquon where Snow Geese, Greater White-fronted Geese, and Sandhill Cranes along with Bald Eagles are occasionally spotted perched along the road. Also see a spectacular view of the surrounding wetlands with a high concentration of ducks. This trip is also offered on Thursday. A$22 - Y$10 Level 2
Wing-It to the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge Sun 12:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Meet at Chico Masonic Family Center Explore the native trees, shrubs, and birds of Butte Creek. This is a 3-4 mile intermediate hike along the creek. Last year we enjoyed Red-breasted Sapsucker, Wood Ducks, goldeneye, Great Horned Owl, and assorted warblers. Otters and beavers may also be seen. A$22 - Y$10 Level 3
Meet at Chico Masonic Family Center The “winging-it” part of this trip is where the fun starts! We’ll veer off the beaten path as we bird along our way. Then off to a leisurely adventure around the auto tour loop to see thousands of birds. You can expect to see Snow Geese, Northern Pintail, Cinnamon Teal, Ring-necked Duck, wigeon, raptors, and possibly a Bald Eagle. A$22 - Y$10 Level 2
Rio Vista, Woodson Bridge, & Olive Tour Sun 8:00 am - 2:30 pm
Eagle Roost Safari SOLD OUT Sun 2:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Meet at Chico Masonic Family Center Winter birds, the river, and olives! The Rio Vista Unit of Sacramento NWR and Woodson Bridge State RA will be our first stops in search of winter birds, then on to the Lucero Olive Oil tasting room. You will be given a mill tour and taste several of their award-winning olive oils and their unique olive oil ice cream sundae. A$28 - Y$10 Level 2
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Sutter Buttes Hike: Mid-Mountain Sun 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Chico Backyard Birds Sun 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Meet at Gridley McDonalds On this 5-mile hike into the Sutter Buttes, visit locations revealing the Buttes’ geologic formation, Native American presence, old pioneer home sites, and ecology typical of California’s past. No early departures on this trip. You will be driving another 12-15 miles to the hike’s starting point from the meeting place. A$45 - Y$30 Level 3
“Gathering of Wings” Banquet & Silent auction
presenTaTions/ Workshops Meet at Chico Masonic Family Center I never saw a bird like that in my backyard before, is it rare? What happened to that nice singer that spent most of the spring in my yard? Join Mac, who will give you tips on identifying some of Northern California’s birds that visit your backyard and become a better backyard “birder.” A$8 - Y$5
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Working together for Our Environment
orthern California’s wetlands are a precious, yet scarce, resource. And while over 95 percent of our wetlands have been lost, millions of waterfowl still make their home in the Central Valley. Ducks Unlimited works hand-in-hand with California rice growers to enhance and preserve habitat, keep rice farming viable and still meet both waterfowl and human needs. Ducks Unlimited is continually developing waterfowl-friendly land management practices and California’s Ricelands not only provide virtually all of America’s sushi rice, they contribute billions of dollars to our economy each year As people benefit, so do the ducks – California rice fields provide 60 percent of the food needed by wintering waterfowl, while DU’s on-the-ground conservation work provides wetlands habitat ducks need to flourish here in the Valley. Find out how you can partner with Ducks Unlimited and the California Rice Commission. Visit www.ducks.org and www.calrice.org.