New York Power Authority
Wildlife Festival Set for September 22
315-764-0226, ext. 304
September 17, 2007
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MASSENA – The New York Power Authority will play
host to its annual Wildlife Festival on the grounds of the Hawkins
Point Visitors Center, Saturday, September 22 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
The World of Wildlife and Educational Encounters (WOWEE)
will be bringing a variety of exotic and endangered animals to the
festival. WOWEE volunteers will hold two shows: one at 11:30 a.m.
and the other at 2 p.m. They will include an interactive game with
audience participants. In between shows, volunteers will be on-hand
to answer questions about the exotic and endangered animals.
Jerry and Mary Benvenuto will once again return to
the Wildlife Festival to showcase a variety of insects and reptiles,
including a python and a 50 pound turtle. In addition, wildlife
rehabilitator Susan Sattler will present her birds of prey. Sattler
is the only federally licensed wildlife rehabilitator in St.
Lawrence County and she will be bringing a variety of birds to the
show and will speak on her work in the area.
Other exhibitors include the Department of
Environmental Conservation, the Thompson Park Zoo, the Robert Moses
Nature Center, the St. Lawrence County Trappers Association and the
Massena Rod and Gun Club. There will be a petting zoo with farm
animals, wagon rides and movies at the Visitors Center Theater.
During the Wildlife Festival, the Hawking 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.
■ NYPA 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 the state and more than 1,400
circuit-miles of transmission lines.
Mr. Kelley's remarks
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