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Close Encounters with Exotic Animals at Nypa’s Annual Wildlife Festival

Karen White
315-764-0226, Ext. 304

September 8, 2009


MASSENA—The New York Power Authority will play host to its annual Wildlife Festival on the grounds of the Frank S. McCullough, Jr. Hawkins Point Visitors Center, Saturday, Sept.19 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.

Several popular exhibitors from previous years will be returning this year including, the World of Wildlife and Educational Encounters (WOWEE) and Reptiles Forever.  Featuring a variety of exotic and endangered animals, WOWEE volunteers will offer educational shows with interactive games at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. In between shows, volunteers will be on hand to answer questions about the animals. Jerry and Mary Benvenuto from Reptiles Forever will showcase a variety of insects and reptiles, including a python and a 50-pound turtle.

Other exhibitors include the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, the Thompson Park Zoo, Martin’s Fish Preserve and the Robert Moses Nature Center. There will be a petting zoo with farm animals, craft projects, wagon rides and movies in the visitors center theater.

During the Wildlife Festival, the visitors center will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., featuring a wide range of interactive exhibits on subjects such as water power and NYPA’s St. Lawrence-FDR Power Project, along with the basics and uses of electricity. Visitors will also be able to enjoy panoramic views of the power dam.  The Visitors Center is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Columbus Day.

For further information, please call the visitors center at (315) 764-0226 ext. 302, or visit NYPA on the web at


About NYPA:

■    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 is a leader in promoting energy efficiency, new energy technologies and electric transportation initiatives.  ■    It is the nation's largest state-owned electric utility, with 18 generating facilities in various parts of New York State and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines.  ■    About 75 percent of the electricity it 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,

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