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​​​​High Plains Snow Goose Festival​

February 18 - 21, Lamar

"Let’s face it. When you think “Colorado” your first impression may not be one of sweeping prairie grasslands where thousands of arctic snow geese flock for the winter. It’s understandable but, man, are you missing Snowgoose flock on groundout.​

Each February in the small town of Lamar, located in the southeast corner of the state, wildlife lovers and birdwatchers gather to witness a spectacular sight; thousands upon thousands of snow geese migrating through a picturesque north American prairie. There are many other draws as well, as the area is a robust wildlife and riparian ecosystem. The annual Lamar Snow Goose Festival is the catalyst for a one-of-a-kind nature experience.

Not only will the festival be a birder’s paradise, there will be fun and activities for the whole family, such as horse and buggy nature tours, arts and crafts, archery, educational presentations, and much more.

Of course, for the avid birder, the guided tours, renowned guest speakers and community camaraderie make this a CAN’T MISS event. This year’s keynote speaker is author and birder Rick Wright.

For a schedule of events and to register online, visit the High Plains Snow Goose Festival​ website.

Events

Great Backyard Bird Count
Saturday, February 13

Join in the 19th Annual Great Backyard Bird Count this weekend! It’s a fun and easy way to help researchers learn about birds – all over the world! Anyone can take part, by counting the birds in your backyard or join in one of our bird hikes. Hikes will be lead by bird guides. No experience necessary. Read more about it at birdcount.org Saturday, February 13th 9 am or 10:30 am at Florissant Fossil Beds Or Sunday, February 14th 9 am at Mueller State Park

Hike Homestead Trail
Saturday, February 20

Take a pleasant 2 mile hike through forest, meadows, and rock formations with Volunteer Naturalist Nancy. Snowshoes are recommended after recent snowfall.

Chatfield Birdwalk
Saturday, February 27

Join naturalist & bird expert Joey Kellner in exploring various areas inside the park in search of feathered treasure. All ability levels are welcome. No sign-up necessary. Meet at the Platte River parking lot. No pets. Dress for the weather. Sunscreen and insect repellant as needed.

Hike Homestead Trail
Sunday, February 28

Take a pleasant 2 mile hike through forest, meadows, and rock formations with Volunteer Naturalist Penny. Snowshoes are recommended after recent snowfall.

Chatfield Birdwalk
Saturday, March 26

Join naturalist & bird expert Joey Kellner in exploring various areas inside the park in search of feathered treasure. All ability levels are welcome. No sign-up necessary. Meet at the Platte River parking lot. No pets. Dress for the weather. Sunscreen and insect repellant as needed.

Chatfield Birdwalk
Saturday, April 30

Join naturalist & bird expert Joey Kellner in exploring various areas inside the park in search of feathered treasure. All ability levels are welcome. No sign-up necessary. Meet at the Platte River parking lot. No pets. Dress for the weather. Sunscreen and insect repellant as needed.

Chatfield Birdwalk
Saturday, May 28

Join naturalist & bird expert Joey Kellner in exploring various areas inside the park in search of feathered treasure. All ability levels are welcome. No sign-up necessary. Meet at the Platte River parking lot. No pets. Dress for the weather. Sunscreen and insect repellant as needed.

Chatfield Birdwalk
Saturday, June 25

Join naturalist & bird expert Joey Kellner in exploring various areas inside the park in search of feathered treasure. All ability levels are welcome. No sign-up necessary. Meet at the Platte River parking lot. No pets. Dress for the weather. Sunscreen and insect repellant as needed.

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