Delta Chamber of Commerce to host Snow Goose Festival
Feb 2, 2024, 6:00 AM
(Lynn Chamberlain /Utah Division of Wildlife Resources)
DELTA, Utah — The Delta Chamber of Commerce will host the Snow Goose Festival on February 23 and 24.
According to a press release from the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, the geese will be viewable at Gunnison Bend Reservoir. Depending on the time of day, attendees can observe them in different areas.
“If you arrive in Delta early in the morning, you can watch the geese feeding in fields that surround the reservoir,” the DWR said in a press release. Later, between 9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., they usually fly back to the reservoir.
In the evening, the geese return to the fields, where DWR biologists will be observing them. The scientists will then direct evening guests to the right fields and answer questions about the animals.
Visitors likely won’t be disappointed, During past festivals, as many as 20,000 geese have appeared.
DWR Southern Region Outreach Manager Adam Kavalunas said that observing the thousands of geese take flight presents an opportunity for “incredible photos.”
“Watching and hearing the geese take off can take your breath away. It’s a great family activity, and we encourage you to come out and see these amazing birds in flight,” said Kavalunas.
Tips for viewing at the Snow Goose Festival
Utah wildlife officials recommend a spotting scope or binoculars to help you see the geese without getting too close. Observing too closely could scare them away.
Secondly, the DWR has asked visitors to respect private property. “Trespassing to view the geese is not legal,” according to the press release.
Thirdly, if you park your vehicle on the side of a road to view the birds, ensure you have parked as far off the road as possible. This will ensure your safety.
Snow Goose Festival events
In addition to snow goose viewing opportunities, other festivities will happen in Delta. These include a quilt show and a craft fair.
Snow Goose Festival coloring and photography contests will also be hosted, per the Facebook post.