Migratory Bird Report No. 24
Weekly migratory bird hunting reports are posted from early September
through early February.
West Zone Goose: Temperatures in single digits and snow on the
ground put Canada geese in a Feboying mood the last weekend of
the season. Outfitters reported limit shoots near Amarillo. The
Light Goose Conservation Order began Feb. 7, but hunter interest
is minimal. Outfitters have said the unstable weather has made
it tough to pattern snow geese. Prospects are fair.
East Zone Goose: The first two weeks of the Light Goose Conservation
Order has seen minimal participation. Best hunts have been posted
over green fields near Port Lavaca. Flocks are scattered along
the coastal prairies and expect concentrations to become even
smaller as February grows older. Last week's Arctic blast of
cold air and slippery roads hurt hunter participation even more.
Prospects are fair.
Utah Snow Goose Festival, Feb. 2527
See as many as 20,000 snow geese
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.
Snow goose festival
Spotting scopes will be available so you can get a close up view
You can see this spectacle yourself on Feb. 25, 26 and 27, 2011
| 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 pure white.
"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 Friday, Feb. 25.
The best times to see the geese
The areas where you'll see the geese vary according to the time
of the day.
Walters says if you arrive early in the morning, you can watch
the geese feeding in fields that sur
| round 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,"
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," Walters 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.