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Delta Snow Goose Festival takes place next weekend

DELTA — Bird watchers have a chance to see thousands of white snow and Ross' geese lifting off Gunnison Bend Reservoir.

The annual Delta Snow Goose Festival, sponsored by the state Division of Wildlife Resources, is Feb. 27 and 28 at the reservoir, just west of Delta. Admission is free.

Division Watchable Wildlife coordinator Bob Walters said early in the morning, geese feed in fields that surround the reservoir. Between 9 and 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 said.

After landing on the reservoir, the geese usually spend the next few hours there and take off between 4 and 6 p.m.

"It's thrilling to be there when the geese take off," Walters said.

Division biologists will watch which fields the geese fly to. Biologists will direct attendees who arrive after the geese have left the reservoir to the fields where the geese are feeding.

Binoculars or a spotting scope should be used to view the geese. Watchers also should not get too close to the geese. Weather at the event will be cold and wet.