File photo of snow geese flying into the sunset. Photo Credit: Spondylolithesis (iStock).

Thousands of white snow geese will soon fly through the skies of southeastern Colorado during an annual migration.

Sure to be a beautiful sight to see, the geese travel south to reach Mexico and Texas in the fall and returning north to their nesting grounds in Canada, Alaska, or Greenland by winter. During this round-trip journey, the geese pass through Colorado.

Up to 200,000 migrating snow geese typically pass through the Centennial State during their annual adventure, with the peak of the migration typically taking place in early February. 

Snow geese are quite large, blanking the state's fields and reservoirs in their white flapping wings. Their distinct black-tipped wings span at 53 to 65 inches.

Take a listen to a noisy flock here

Colorado is often referred to as a birdwatcher's paradise. The state is filled with snow-capped peaks and pristine alpine waters providing a wide range of habitats for more than 400 different species of birds

Birding hotspots around state parks include Barr Lake, Chatfield, Castlewood Canyon, Eleven Mile, Spinney Mountain, Jackson Lake, St. Vrain, Cherry Creek, Eldorado Canyon, North Sterling, Roxborough, Highline Lake, Steamboat Lake, Stagecoach, State Forest, Vega, Yampa River, Lake Pueblo, Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area, Cheyenne Mountain, John Martin Reservoir, Crawford, Mancos, Lathrop, Mueller, and ​Navajo.

The 2021 High Plains Snow Goose Festival, one of the largest bird festivals in the state, set to take place in Lamar this February of 2021 has been canceled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. 

Breanna Sneeringer writes about news, adventure, and more for OutThere Colorado as a Digital Content Producer. She is an avid adventure seeker and wildflower enthusiast. Breanna joined OutThere Colorado in September 2018.


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