A happy crew hits the dock after a full day tour Jan. 23 on Lake Oroville viewing eagles, peregrines and other avian spectaculars. The field trip was one of almost 100 offered at the 2019 Snow Goose Festival, but this tour featured gourmet food and wine with the binoculars. Photo by Mari Erin Roth

Recreation festival attracts hundreds

The 20th annual Snow Goose Festival held January 23-27 attracted folks from far and wide to view and learn about local avian species that migrate through the Pacific Flyway.

Plumas Audubon field trip leader Colin Dillingham was the featured presenter for a talk on peregrine falcons. Last year, the festival featured a tour though Plumas County starting in Chico, passing through Greenville, and reaching past Quincy for a view of the abundance and variety of local and migratory birds.

Jennifer Patten is the festival director coordinator and reported back with some numbers for the 2019 event. Out-of-state visitors came from Connecticut, Alaska, Virginia, Washington, Oregon and Nevada.

Patten noted, “839 people registered for field trips, workshops and the banquet at the 2019 Snow Goose Festival.” She added, “104 cities throughout California were represented in our registration attendees report.”

The date is not yet publicized for the 2020 festival but information on the 5-day bird and ecology extravaganza is found at snowgoosefestival.org.