For more than a decade, the first weekend in May has played host to one of the more interesting and fun early spring events in the Connecticut River Valley, and this year the Eleventh Annual Herricks Cove Wildlife Festival will be held on Sunday, May 2 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This year the festival events, exhibits, and activities include some old favorites and some new ones.
Food will be available. Brian Fox Ellis will be back again with his stories. Rockhopper and AMOS will be back with crawly creatures. Southern Vermont Natural History Museum and VINS will be there with hawks and owls. Jerry Sneider will be there with his butterfly program and decorating t-shirts with the kids. Phil Morgan returns with an oriole feeder to make.
Activities for children and families will include face painting, kids crafts, making collages, and family nature walks. Lets Go Fishing will be here again as will the 4-H trailer. Squam Lake Nature Center will arrive with many of their creatures. Sweet Maple Farm will be back with their alpacas. Vermont Fish and Wildlife will have exhibits.
Smokey the Bear will be roaming the grounds as well.
New this year: Henry Homeyer will be doing a workshop on Wildlife Planting for Birds.
Wildlife Encounters will be there with their wild animals from many continents.
Presented by Ascutney Mountain Audubon Society and TransCanada Hydro and co-sponsored by The Nature Museum at Grafton, Vermont Fish and Wildlife, Luzenac, Ben and Jerrys Homemade, Vermont Country Store, Bellows Falls Rotary, and the Southeast Council on the Arts
Entrance cost is $2 per person or $5 per family.