Anyone who enjoys wildlife should plan on being in Addison, VT, on Oct. 6 for the sixth annual Dead Creek Wildlife Day.
Activities at Dead Creek Wildlife Day are especially for people who enjoy hunting, fishing, birdwatching, or learning about Vermont's wildlife. The location is the Agency of Natural Resources' Fish & Wildlife Department Dead Creek Wildlife Management Area (WMA) on Route 17, west of Route 22A.
Early risers can begin the day with bird-banding demonstrations starting at 7 a.m. Two large tents at the Dead Creek WMA headquarters will open at 9:30 a.m. and feature wildlife-related exhibits and kids' craft activities, like face painting, decoy carving and bluebird-box building.
Scheduled activities run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and include field trips, illustrated talks, a live wildlife presentation, hunting dog training, fishing and hunting tips, and much more. For those who enjoy an evening stroll, you can end the day with an owl walk on the north end of Snake Mountain beginning at 7 p.m. Plus there is the added bonus of viewing hundreds of snow geese at Dead Creek WMA as they migrate south for the winter.
All events are free, and a complimentary shuttle bus will provide regular access to nearby field events throughout the day.
The festival is hosted by Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department; Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation; Otter Creek Audubon Society; Addison County Chapter of Ducks Unlimited; Addison County Chamber of Commerce; and Vermont Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs, Inc.
For more information and schedule of events call Vermont Fish & Wildlife at 802-241-3700 or visit the website: www.vtfishandwildlife.com .