Snow geese fans can learn about the birds’ Russian summer home at Stanwood festival

  • Thu Feb 23rd, 2012 7:39pm
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By Gale Fiege Herald Writer

STANWOOD — A highlight of this year’s Port Susan Snow Goose and Birding Festival is a lecture by Vasily Baranyuk, a senior scientist with Russia’s Wrangel Island Nature Preserve. That’s where the local snow geese spend their summers.

Baranyuk has spent more than 20 years observing the snow geese that migrate between the preserve and the Skagit and Stillaguamish river basins. He plans to speak at 3 p.m. Saturday at the festival headquarters in the Floyd Norgaard Cultural Center, 27108 102nd Ave. NW in Stanwood.