Snow Goose Festival Plans 16th Annual Event


Sharon Stiteler, AKA “BIRDCHICK” to Keynote
the 16th Annual High Plains Snow Goose and Heritage History Festival

LAMAR, Colo. (September 15, 2017) – International speaker and author, Sharon Stiteler, also known as “Birdchick” is sure to be insightful and entertaining for the 16th Annual High Plains Snow Goose & Heritage History Festival as the featured guest and keynote speaker.

Sharon Stiteler was given a Peterson Field Guide to Birds when she was seven years old and snapped, she loves birds, it’s just the way she’s wired. Since 1997, she has made it her goal to get paid to go birding. She runs the popular birding blog, and has been in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, All Things Considered and on NBC Nightly News as well as making regular appearances on Twin Cities’ TV and radio stations.

She’s an international speaker and her writing can has been found in several publications and online including WildBird Magazine, Outdoor News, Birds & Blooms, Minnesota Public Radio and National Audubon. She wrote the books Disapproving Rabbits, City Birds/Country Birds and 1001 Secrets Every Birder Should Know, is #32 in the Geek A Week Trading Card set and works as a National Park Ranger. When she’s not digiscoping or banding birds, she’s a blue ribbon beekeeper. You can find her on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Instagram under Birdchick.

Celebrating 16 years, The High Plains Snow Goose & Heritage History Festival is a 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 8 -11, 2018 in Lamar, Colorado.

Join avid birders and historians for this three-day festival that offers amazing field trips, engaging speakers and informative programs designed to make your time at the festival enjoyable, educational and adventurous. Hundreds of bird species migrate through Southeastern Colorado each year, but the site and sound of the migration of tens of thousands of snow geese is by far the most breathtaking.

Just one of the highlights of this event is the Photography Contest. Beginner to expert photographers, adult and youth alike can enter images in the following categories: Wildlife, Landscape, Birds, Historical, and the Committee’s Choice category, Raptors. This is an amazing opportunity to showcase your talents and highlight the beauty and culture Southeast Colorado!

Registration information will be available soon but make plans now to spend a fantastic weekend in Southeast Colorado with birders from across the United States. 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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