ROCKINGHAM, Vt. – If you’re a wildlife enthusiast itching for spring then be sure to check out the 19th annual Herrick’s Cove Wildlife Festival on Sunday, May 6, in Rockingham, Vt.
Herrick’s Cove, on the Connecticut River, hosts one of the most popular festivals in the area, with organizers reporting close to 2,000 people attending last year’s event. The festival includes nature walks and live animals such as hawks, owls, mammals, and reptiles.
“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.”
The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department will host several exhibits at the event, including animal mounts, skins, and furs as well as interactive demonstrations, hands-on fishing activities with 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 programs include nature walks with Jim Andrews and the Ascutney Mountain Audubon Society, and wildlife exhibits by the Nature Museum at Grafton, Trout Unlimited, and the National Wild Turkey Federation.
Activities are scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There is a suggested donation. 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.