Laura Erickson Will Be the Keynote for The 15th Annual High Plains Snow Goose & Heritage History Festival


Festival Keynote – Laura Erickson

LAURA ERICKSON, 2014 recipient of the American Birding Association’s prestigious Roger Tory Peterson Award will transport attendees of the 15th Annual High Plains Snow Goose & Heritage History Festival into a birding sanctuary as the keynote author and lecturer.

Mrs. Erickson has been a scientist, teacher, writer, wildlife rehabilitator, professional blogger, public speaker, photographer, American Robin and Whooping Crane Expert for the popular Journey North educational website, and Science Editor at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. She’s written ten books about birds, including the ABA Field Guide to the Birds of Minnesota, the best-selling Into the Nest: Intimate Views of the Courting, Parenting, and Family Lives of Familiar Birds (co-authored by photographer Marie Read); the National Outdoor Book Award-winning Sharing the Wonder of Birds with Kids; 101 Ways to Help Birds; The Bird Watching Answer Book for the Cornell Lab of Ornithology; and the National Geographic Pocket Guide to Birds of North America.

Mrs. Erickson is currently a columnist and contributing editor for BirdWatching magazine. Since 1986 she has been producing the long-running “For the Birds” radio program for many public radio stations; the program is podcast on iTunes. She lives in Duluth, Minnesota, with her husband, mother-in-law, licensed education Eastern Screech-Owl Archimedes, two indoor cats, and her little birding dog Pip.

The High Plains Snow Goose & Heritage History Festival is proud to be celebrating their 15th year of hosting this one-of-a-kind festival sponsored by the Lamar Chamber of Commerce, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Kiowa County Economic Development and Canyons and Plains that will be held February 16-19, 2017 in Lamar, Colorado.

Join avid birders and historians for this three-day festival that offers a variety of programs, field trips, and seminars that celebrate birding, watchable wildlife and historical heritage in Southeastern Colorado. Hundreds of bird species migrate through Southeastern Colorado each year, but the migration of tens of thousands of snow geese is by far the most spectacular.

Due to popular demand, the Photography Contest will be a highlight event again this year. Beginner to expert photographers, adult and youth alike can enter images in the following categories: Wildlife, Landscape, Birds and Historical. The photos will be displayed throughout the festival and we encourage everyone to pick up your camera and showcase Southeast Colorado!

Event registration is free, however, field trips range from $10 to $50, depending on the length of the program and if meals are provided. Numerous programs are also offered at no charge.

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