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 Sunday, May 5, in Rockingham, Vt., presented by the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department and Ascutney Mountain Audubon Society.
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 normally attending. The festival includes a turtle walk with herpetologist Jim Andrews, a bug walk with Michael Sabourin, live hawks and owls, bird banding, a butterfly program, Let’s Go Fishing program, and several exhibits about fish and wildlife.
“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 learn about our native wildlife and learn about the importance of conserving their habitats so future generations can appreciate them as well.”
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.