Power Authority To Host Annual Wildlife Festival

Karen White
315-764-0226, Ext. 304

September 9, 2011


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.24 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 again 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 once again return to the Wildlife Festival to showcase a variety of insects and reptiles, including a python and a 50 pound turtle. Other exhibitors include the Department of Environmental Conservation, Page Wildlife, the Thompson Park Zoo, 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. The Massena Chamber of Commerce will be providing a food booth during the Wildlife Festival.

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 Project, 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.  

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 public power organization, with 17 generating facilities in various parts of New York State and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines. ■ Approximately 80 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, www.nypa.gov.


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