Meet and learn about critters at Dead Creek Wildlife Day, Oct. 6

VT Fish & Wildlife photo by Tom Rogers
Many of the activities at this year’s Oct. 6 Dead Creek Wildlife Day are tailored to children.

If you enjoy wildlife be sure to make plans to attend the 17th annual Dead Creek Wildlife Day in Addison, on Saturday, Oct. 6.

Activities are designed especially for people who enjoy hunting, fishing, birdwatching, or learning about Vermont’s diverse wildlife.

The event will be held at the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department’s Dead Creek Wildlife Management Area on Vermont Route 17 west of Route 22A.

Early risers can begin the day with a bird-banding demonstration at 7 a.m. Two large tents at Dead Creek headquarters will open at 9:30 a.m. featuring wildlife-related exhibits and activities such as decoy-carving, building bluebird boxes and wildlife photography.

The Dead Creek Visitor Center will be open for its regular hours of 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. It has displays about conservation and wildlife management in Vermont.

Live critters are always a highlight of the festival.  Visitors can see snakes, turtles, owls and more up close and learn about their ecology.

Another exciting event is the youth waterfowl-calling contest with prizes. The wildlife photography clinic is back by popular demand. Nature walks, illustrated talks, hunting dog demonstrations, fishing and hunting tips, and much more will be happening until 4 p.m.

All activities are free, and a free shuttle bus will provide regular access to nearby field events throughout the day.

“There’s nothing quite like Dead Creek Wildlife Day,” said Amy Alfieri, manager of the Dead Creek Wildlife Management Area.  “The activities are fun; the demonstrations are very exciting and the setting is beautiful. Visitors love to see the live animals and working dogs, and the kids love to build their own blue bird box to take home.  With the visitor center operational, there are many ways for people to experience and learn about Vermont’s wildlife.”

The festival is hosted by the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department, Vermont

Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation and Otter Creek Audubon Society.

For more information and a schedule of events, visit www.vtfishandwildlife.com and check under Watch Wildlife.

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