Snow geese are relatively new to the Dead Creek refuge, having begun to use the area as recently as 1981. Their numbers have continued to increase annually, and peak populations present here in mid-October exceed 20,000 birds.
Snow geese do not breed here but use the refuge for resting and feeding in both spring and fall. They pass through the Lake Champlain migrational corridor twice each year between their wintering ground in the mid-Atlantic states and their breeding areas in the Arctic reaches of eastern Canada. The birds arrive at Dead Creek in mid-to late March and leave in early April. We welcome their return in early October as large flocks descend onto these agricultural fields to rest and feed through November in preparation for the remainder of their southward journey.
The snow geese here are mostly greater snows. Lesser snow geese are similar in appearance, although slightly smaller and generally occur farther west. A few of the lesser snows, including dark-colored individuals referred to as "Blue Geese," may also be observed.
Young snow geese are dusky colored in contrast to the snow white plumage of adults. All
Possessing a strong social nature, snow geese prefer to remain in large concentrations of their own species which assists their survival and provides a wealth of recreational opportunity for viewing and photography.
[Map caption reads] Snow Goose migration route connecting breeding and wintering areas.
Erected by Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Animals • Environment • Waterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1981.
Location. 44° 5.115′ N, 73° 20.207′ W. Marker is near Addison, Vermont, in Addison County. Marker is on Vermont Route 17W 1.7 miles west of Vermont Route 22A, on the left when traveling west. Markers are under a shelter at the roadside wildlife viewing area. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2015 Vermont Route 17W, Vergennes VT 05491, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Wetland Resources (here, next to this marker); The Dead Creek Wildlife Management Area (here, next to this marker); Canada Geese (here, next to this marker); War Memorial (approx. 1.7 miles away); Benedict Arnold
Regarding Snow Geese. The marker has limited historical information.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 13, 2018. It was originally submitted on October 26, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 114 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 26, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.