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Watch 20,000 geese take off in Annual Delta Snow Goose Festival

Feb 1, 2022, 1:24 PM
You can see thousands of snow and Ross’ geese at this year's Snow Goose Festival. (DWR)...
You can see thousands of snow and Ross’ geese at this year's Snow Goose Festival. (DWR)
(DWR)

DELTA, Utah —Witness as the sky fills with a flurry of white as thousands of geese take flight from Gunnison Bend Reservoir in Delta, Utah.

The spectacle is attended by lots of people every year in what is called the Delta Snow Goose Festival. In past years as many as 20,000 geese have been at the reservoir. Snow geese are completely white except for the black tips on their wings.

The festival will take place this Feb. 25-26 and is hosted by the Delta Chamber of Commerce at Gunnison Bend Reservoir, west of Delta. As part of the festival, the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources will host a free snow goose viewing event. DWR biologists will also be available to provide information about the geese and help viewers find them depending on the time of day.

“Seeing those thousands of geese in flight makes for incredible photos,” DWR Regional Outreach Manager Adam Kavalunas said. “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.”

Depending on the time of day, where viewers can find the birds may vary. In the early morning, the geese are often in the fields around the reservoir while closer to the afternoon, the geese take off and fly back to the reservoir.

According to DWR, here are a few tips and reminders for anyone attending the goose viewing event:

  • Try to bring your own binoculars or a spotting scope to view the geese. If you get too close to the birds, you could scare them away.
  • Please respect private property. Trespassing to view the geese is not legal.
  • For your safety, if you pull off the road to view the geese, pull as far off the road as you can.
  • Be prepared for cold, wet weather by dressing in layers that will help you stay warm and dry.
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Watch 20,000 geese take off in Annual Delta Snow Goose Festival