- Associated Press - Saturday, April 15, 2017

IRA, Vt. (AP) - A wildlife management area in Rutland County has grown by thousands of acres.

The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department says it has added nearly 3,000 acres to the 600-acre Bird Mountain Wildlife Management Area in Ira and Poultney - the biggest addition to a state wildlife management area in more than 10 years.

The department says the area is made up of Bird’s Eye Mountain, a nesting site and habitat for peregrine falcons, and surrounding lands.

The land purchase will be celebrated on Saturday May 6, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., starting at the education center at the Kehoe Green Mountain Conservation Camp in Castleton. The event is free and open to the public.

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