Great spring event May 5
By Darren Marcy
Staff Writer | April 28,2013
One of the coolest spring events of the season is just around the corner.
On May 5 will be the Herrick’s Cove Wildlife Festival, a popular and growing event aimed at kids and families and celebrates wildlife of all types.
The festival, which is held on a Sunday, will be held at Herrick’s Cove on the Connecticut River in Rockingham.
The event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and attracts large crowds. Organizers report last year’s event attracted more than 2,000 people.
It’s easy to see why.
There are events, displays, demonstrations and activities for people of all stripes and flavors. Whether you hunt, enjoy watching or photographing wildlife, just enjoy being in nature, there is something for everyone.
Best of all, the event is free, although organizers do request a donation. The recommended donation is $2 per person or $5 per family. Please, leave pets at home for this one.
While the official event kicks off at 10 a.m., there are actually things to do starting at 7 a.m. when naturalist Don Clark leads a bird walk. Early risers are sure to enjoy the diversity of birds found at Herrick’s Cove.
The schedule includes events like an amphibian walk with Middlebury College herpetologist Jim Andrews, a live raptor demonstration by the Vermont Institute of Natural Science, and a presentation on hawks and owls by the Southern Vermont Natural History Museum.
There’s a presentation about wildlife of New England by Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, and one about all things creepy and crawly with AMOS Natural Science Education Services.
Erin Talmage of the Birds of Vermont Museum will be on hand to teach a soap-carving activity for older kids, while younger kids might like the puppet show put on by Lindsay Bezich and her Puppet Pals.
Thomas Drummey will lead a fly-tying demonstration and a butterfly presentation, along with an animal parade in the morning and the afternoon.
One of the highlights is sure to be the live wolf presentation by The Wolf Conservation Center. Since wolves have been extirpated from New England with the exception of an occasional visitor from Canada, this presentation is likely to be great interest.
And for those who can’t find something that catches their fancy, a nature trail can lead visitors on an adventure to learn more about Herrick’s Cove.
Herrick’s Cove is located off Route 5, less than 3 miles north of Bellows Falls.
There will even be food vendors on site so you can stay all day if you would like.
The event is presented by the Ascutney Mountain Audubon Society, The Nature Museum at Grafton, Vermont Fish and Wildlife, and TransCanada Corporation.
To learn more about the event, or to see a schedule of the times for the various events, see the festival website at www.nature-museum.org/herrickscove.html, or look it up on Facebook.