Photo & captionMASSENA – The New York Power Authority (NYPA) will hold its annual Wildlife Festival on the grounds of the Frank S. McCullough, Jr. Hawkins Point Visitors Center, Saturday, Sept. 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The admission-free event will feature fun for the entire family with exhibits of live animals, nature displays, arts, crafts and entertainment.
The World of Wildlife and Educational Encounters (WOWEE) will be returning to Hawkins Point with a variety of exotic and endangered animals. WOWEE volunteers will provide two educational shows at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Audience members will enjoy the interactive games during both shows. In between shows, WOWEE volunteers will be on-hand to answer questions about the exotic and endangered animals.
Mary Benvenuto from Reptiles Forever will be back at the Wildlife Festival to showcase a variety of insects and reptiles, including a python and a 50-pound turtle. Wildlife expert Andrew Simmons will share informative and amusing adventures with a leopard, a Black Bear cub, Burmese pythons and a Nile monitor with a show at 1 p.m. There will be a petting zoo with farm animals, craft projects, wagon rides, chainsaw carving, birds of prey on display and movies in the visitors center theater.
During the Wildlife Festival, the Hawkins Point Visitors Center, featuring a wide range of interactive exhibits on subjects such as Water Power and the St. Lawrence-FDR Hydroelectric Power Plant, the Basics of Electricity and Uses of Electricity, will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visitors will also be able to enjoy panoramic views of the power dam from Hawkins Point.
The New York Power Authority uses no tax money or state credit. It finances its operations through the sale of bonds and revenues earned in large part through sales of electricity. ■ NYPA has been designated as the lead entity via Executive Order 88 by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to form a central management and implementation plan to carry out his Build Smart NY plan to reduce energy use by state facilities 20 percent by 2020. ■ NYPA is the nation's largest state public power organization, through the operation of its 16 generating facilities in various parts of New York State, participation in a unique public/private partnership to contract for power from a clean generating plant in Queens, and its operation of more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines. ■ More than 70 percent of the electricity NYPA produces is clean renewable hydropower. Its lower-cost power production and electricity purchases support hundreds of thousands of jobs throughout the state.■ For more information visit www.nypa.gov or follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Wordpress, and LinkedIn.