Dead Creek Wildlife Management Area is a popular spot for birdwatching in Vermont. Located on 2,858 acres in the towns of Addison, Panton and Bridport, the area is excellent for viewing Canada geese and snow geese in the fall. More than 200 species of birds have been seen here, including bald eagles, short-eared owls and northern harriers.
Established in 1950 for waterfowl protection, management and hunting, the area is owned by the State of Vermont and managed by the Fish and Wildlife Department. Limited public viewing areas and access to Dead Creek can be found along Route 17 in Addison. The area is especially popular in the fall, and every October nature lovers come from miles away for Dead Creek Wildlife Day.
When I visited Dead Creek Wildlife Management Area over the weekend with my camera, it happened to be a quiet day (I take lousy bird photos anyway). But on a good day, it’s one of the best places to watch birds in Vermont.
**If You Go: Audubon Vermont