In Vermont, festival a celebration of wildlife

The Herrick’s Cove Wildlife Festival is an opportunity to connect children with Vermont’s wildlife. (Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department)

If you’re a wildlife enthusiast itching for spring, then be sure to check out the 18th annual Herrick’s Cove Wildlife Festival on Sunday, May 7, in Rockingham, Vt.

Herrick’s Cove, on the Connecticut River, hosts one of the most popular festivals in the area, with organizers reporting more than 2,000 people attending last year’s event.  The festival includes nature walks and live animals such as hawks, owls, coyotes, wolves, fish, turtles, and snakes.

“Vermonters really enjoy the wild animals and wild places that make the state so special,” said Forrest Hammond, bear project leader with Vermont Fish & Wildlife. “This festival gives participants a chance to experience some of these animals firsthand and learn about the importance of conserving their habitats so future generations can appreciate them as well.”

Vermont Fish & Wildlife will host several exhibits at the event, including animal mounts, interactive demonstrations, hands-on fishing activities hosted by the department’s Let’s Go Fishing program, information on bears and bats, a 4-H shooting event as well as fun games for kids.  Other presenters include Jim Andrews on turtles, the Ascutney Mountain Audubon Society, The Nature Museum at Grafton, and TransCanada Corporation.

Activities are scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The suggested donation is $2 for an individual and $5 for a family. Pets are not allowed.

Herrick’s Cove is located just off Route 5, less than three miles north of Bellows Falls.

For more information, visit the Herrick’s Cove Wildlife Festival’s Facebook page or the website at www.nature-museum.org/herricks-cove-festival.

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