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SACRAMENTO NWRC: Snow Goose Festival a Sky-High Success!
California-Nevada Offices , January 31, 2010
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Members of the Snow Goose Festival steering committee pose for a photo with California television personality Huell Howser: From left  John Merz, Jennifer Patten, Huell Howser, Jackie Ferrier, Sacramento NWR Refuge Planner and Marilyn Gamette, Refuge volunteer and former Sacramento NWR employee. (photo: USFWS)
Members of the Snow Goose Festival steering committee pose for a photo with California television personality Huell Howser: From left  John Merz, Jennifer Patten, Huell Howser, Jackie Ferrier, Sacramento NWR Refuge Planner and Marilyn Gamette, Refuge volunteer and former Sacramento NWR employee. (photo: USFWS) - Photo Credit: n/a
"Spring at Colusa," an oil painting by Kateryna Elson, is on display at  Sacramento NWRC visitor center. (photo: USFWS) - Photo Credit: n/a

by Lora Haller, Sacramento NWRC

Approximately 2,000 participants flocked to the Northern Sacramento Valley for 46 fieldtrips, 19 workshops, and 31 exhibits, during the 11th Annual Snow Goose Festival January 28-31,  in Chico, California. 
 

The Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge Complex (SNWRC) was a major sponsor for the festival.  Refuge Planner Jackie Ferrier, and Refuge volunteer Marilyn Gamette, served on the festival steering committee and coordinated exhibits.  Ferrier also helped judge the Pacific Flyway Art Show.  Several pieces of artwork were based on scenes of the SNWRC including one called “Spring at Colusa NWR” by Kateryna Elson.  Ms. Elson generously donated a framed print of this oil painting to the Refuge and is on display in the SNWRC Visitor Center.

 

Five fieldtrips and 3 workshops were hosted by Refuge staff members including Assistant Refuge Manager Steve Emmons, Assistant Refuge Manger Mike Peters, and Wildlife Biologist Joe Silveira.  Topics included photography, snow and Ross’s geese, wood ducks, wildlife and habitat conservation, and, of course, birding.  In all, thirteen field trips visited various units of the SNWRC including Sacramento, Colusa, Llano Seco, Pine Creek, and Sul Norte.

 

Visitor Services representatives and Supervisory Forestry Technician Mark Rakestraw, greeted over 400 visitors at the Refuge’s 3-table display in the exhibit hall.  Children enjoyed petting Musky the Muskrat and hearing about the Refuge’s upcoming Junior Firefighter Program.  Visitors also got to meet Puddles the Blue Goose and Smokey the Bear.  The California Junior Duck Stamp top 100 artwork entries for 2009 were also on display in the exhibit hall.

 

Special guest Huell Howser, of California Public Television's “California’s Gold,” filmed parts of this year’s Snow Goose Festival.  Howser has been highlighting unique places and happenings in California for 17 years.  Sacramento NWR Acting Manager Greg Mensik, and Supervisory Biologist Mike Wolder, were both interviewed for the show.  Howser also visited the Sacramento NWR and Llano Seco Wildlife Management Area to film snow geese.  Look for the Snow Goose Festival and SNWRC visit to air on “California’s Gold” later this year.


Contact Info: Lora Haller, 530-934-2801, lora_haller@fws.gov



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