Snow Goose Festival

We love birding, so every year we think about going to the Snow Goose Festival in Delta, Utah. This year we finally decided it was time. Mom and Dad had done this years ago, when they fell in love with birding, but none of the boys had been.

Our one year old loved petting the fake snow goose.

The Snow Goose Festival takes place every February in Delta, which is a little over an hour southwest of Utah Valley. The geese migrate through in huge numbers (up to 20,000, they say) and stay on the reservoir for a few days. Avid birders, like us, come and watch the geese fly from the reservoir to the fields north of town in the evening. In the morning, the birds fly back to the reservoir.

The National Wildlife Refuge System has spotting scopes set up for you to use.
Sometimes the geese hang out in the field by the reservoir.
They are constantly in a cycle of sitting, flying, sitting, flying….

Though we do a lot of birding, and we’ve seen tons of Canadian geese, the only place we’ve seen snow geese is in Delta. And we see thousands here. The flock we saw tonight looked to be in the 2,000 to 4,000 range. When they take off on the water, you can hear their collective wings beat the air with a helicopter-like sound. They call in a cacophony of half-honks raising a strident din. Tonight, they circled a few times and then flew right over our heads at about 75 feet high. It is hard to describe 3,000 large birds wheeling just overhead, other than to say, “You had to be there!”

Seeing the snow geese fly is amazing.
It is a sight worth seeing!

Our four-year old proclaimed this “the greatest moment of my life,” and even our 1 year-old was patient as we sat for nearly 2 hours watching the geese sit on the reservoir and occasionally rise and circle before settling back on the ice again. It was quite an experience.

If you’re an avid birder, you’ll love the Snow Goose Festival. If you’re not an avid birder, the Snow Goose Festival will turn you into one! For some other activities in the Delta area, use our Things to do in Delta List.

Blue sky filled with Snow Geese
So many snow geese!

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  1. Anonymous

    Wow. I went to a few such festivals in New Mexico and loved every second. Such beautiful birds.