New Dead Creek visitor center to open

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On Sept. 28, the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department will celebrate the grand opening of the new Dead Creek Visitor Center, and share the new facility with the public and distinguished guests at the Dead Creek Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Addison. The free event begins at 5 p.m.

Dead Creek WMA in Addison is beloved for its wildlife viewing and waterfowl hunting opportunities. Thousands of people visit the WMA every year to watch the fall migration of snow geese and other birds, to enjoy an early morning duck hunt, or to find an elusive bald eagle for the perfect photograph. At the new center, visitors will find information about the WMA, as well as learn about conservation and management of Vermont's natural resources.

"Dead Creek is a very popular destination for wildlife enthusiasts, and the new visitor center will provide a helpful educational resource on everything from the geologic history of the Champlain Valley to the unique ecology and breadth of species found here," said Amy Alfieri, manager of the Dead Creek WMA and visitor center. "Visitors will have a place where they can ask questions and interact with experts on a regular basis."

"We hope the visitor center will be a new education resource for the public, including schools, nature clubs, and other groups who want to learn about why and how we manage wildlife populations and habitat. It will be a place where anyone who wants to better understand fish and wildlife can come explore the exhibits," said Alison Thomas, the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department's education manager.

The grand opening celebration is scheduled for Sept. 28 with a meet-and-greet starting at 5 p.m, followed by the ribbon cutting and exhibit room dedication. In addition, part of a video about the Dead Creek WMA will be debuted. The grand opening is free, and refreshments will be served. The visitor center and celebration is located on Route 17 west of Route 22A.

For more information about the grand opening and the Dead Creek Visitor Center, visit Vermont Fish & Wildlife's website (www.vtfishandwildlife.com) and check under http://tinyurl.com/ybudzzrq.








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