That field of white you’re soon to see near Lamar, Colorado might not be a layer of fresh powder. If you find yourself in southeast Colorado at the beginning of February, you’ll likely catch a remarkable natural phenomenon known as the high plains snow goose migration.
During this time of the year, tens of thousands of white geese will flood the skies above parts of the Centennial State for a brief period. While the sight is amazing in itself, what’s perhaps more stunning is the sound produced when thousands of large birds flap their wings to take off in unison.
Spending roughly half of their year migrating, the giant flock of birds is moving through the state on the way to their winter roost in warmer areas. This species is quite large, with a wingspan measuring in at 53 to 65 inches.
The best way to catch this spectacle is at the High Plains Snow Goose Festival in Lamar, Colorado. The event takes place from February 6th to 10th, featuring birding experiences, canyon tours, raptor shows, an auction, and a number of other events. Event registration is free, though some of the trips have associated fees.
Tours at the event include trips to Two Buttes Reservoir, John Martin Reservoir, Picture Canyon, and Carrizo Canyon. Find additional details here.