• A day to bask in the wild
    By Darren Marcy
    STAFF WRITER | September 15,2013
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    One of the top outdoor events in the state will take place Oct. 5 when the annual Dead Creek Wildlife Day again comes to Addison.

    The event is held every year at the Dead Creek Wildlife Management Area, a Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department WMA located on Route 17 west of Route 22A.

    The event kicks off at 7 a.m. with bird banding demonstrations for those who like to get up early. For the rest of us, the tents open at 9:30 a.m. with a variety of wildlife and outdoor demonstrations and seminars throughout the day.

    Some of the events are only offered once, some several times throughout the day while others are ongoing from beginning to the end of the day at 4 p.m.

    Named one of Vermont’s “Top 10 Fall Events” the Dead Creek Wildlife Day offers something for everyone — from hunters to wildlife watchers to folks who just love nature.

    There are plenty of events for kids as well, including the always popular face painting.

    If you want to learn more about Vermont’s white-tailed deer, rattlesnakes, black bears and butterflies there will be workshops and presentations.

    Kids and adults alike might enjoy soap carving, live critters exhibit, a demonstration of game warden search and rescue dog work, and bird banding.

    Other offerings that might be of interest to a wide variety of people include wildlife photography, a bird walk, nature walk, plant identification, forest pests, owl pellet workshop and rocket netting wildlife demonstration.

    Hunters might enjoy the seminars on goose hunting and working retriever demonstrations.

    Events that will take place all day — either from 9:30 or 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. — include: waterfowl viewing, bluebird box building, decoy carving, know your plants, laser shooting range, the pellet gun range, bird identification and Go Fishing activities.

    All of the family friendly events are free.

    Even in the case of rain, many of the events will be held under two large tents allowing those who don’t want to get wet to participate.

    Because some events are held at nearby fields, a shuttle bus will delivery people to those fields and back regularly throughout the day.

    The event is hosted by the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department, Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation, Otter Creek Audubon Society and the Vermont Federation of Sportmen’s Clubs.

    So hop on the Internet and check out the full list of events and times, then hop in the car and truck on over to Addison for one of the neatest fall events Vermont has to offer.

    For more information and a schedule of events, visit Vermont Fish and Wildlife’s website at www.vtfishandwildlife.com and click on the Dead Creek Wildlife Days link.

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