Watch the skies turn white!
Delta — It’s a sight you have to see to believe: thousands of pure
white snow and Ross’ geese lifting off Gunnison Bend Reservoir amid
honks and the beating of wings.
See as many as 20,000 snow geese at the Utah Snow Goose Festival.
You can see this spectacle yourself on Feb. 26, 27th at the annual
Utah Snow Goose Festival. The festival will be held at and near
Gunnison Bend Reservoir, just west of Delta. Admission is free.
As many as 20,000 snow geese have been at the reservoir during past
festivals. Except for the black tips on their wings, snow geese are
“We’ll provide spotting scopes so you can get a close look at the
geese,” says Bob Walters, Watchable Wildlife coordinator for the
Division of Wildlife Resources. “We’ll also be available to answer
any questions you have.”
In addition to seeing the geese, you can learn more about wildlife at
free seminars offered by the DWR. The seminars will be held on
Saturday, Feb. 27.
The best times to see the geese The areas where you’ll see the geese vary according to the time of
“If you arrive early in the morning, you can watch the geese feeding
in fields that surround the reservoir. Then, at about 10:30 a.m., the
geese take off and fly back to the reservoir. That’s an exciting time
to see and hear the geese,” Walters says.
After landing on the reservoir, the geese usually spend the next few
hours there. “Then, anywhere from 4 to 6 p.m., they take off again
and fly back to the fields,” he says. “It’s thrilling to be there
when the geese do this.”
DWR biologists will watch which fields the geese fly to. If you arrive
after the geese have left the reservoir, the biologists will direct you
to the fields where the geese are feeding.
– Use binoculars or a spotting scope to view the geese. If you get too
close to the geese, you could scare them away.
– If you pull off the road to view the geese, pull as far off the road
as you can. And watch for cars.
– The weather could be cold and wet. Bring the proper clothes so you
can stay warm and dry.
For more information about the 2016 Snow Goose Festival, call the Delta
Area Chamber of Commerce at (435) 864-4316.