Power Authority Visitors Center
to Play Host to Lecture on Butterflies and Nature Walk
October 1, 2007
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NORTH BLENHEIM – The New York Power Authority’s
Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Power Project Visitors Center will
play host to a free lecture on butterflies and their habitats, which
will be followed by a nature walk at 1 p.m. on Saturday, October 13.
Maraleen Manos-Jones of Shoken will be at the
visitors center to discuss her book, “The Spirit of Butterflies:
Myth, Magic & Art.” It is a unique book of art and story,
celebrating the cross-cultural significance of butterflies from
ancient times to the present. Manos-Jones also shares here insights
on butterfly gardening.
Manos-Jones has taught at the college level for
many years and is a storyteller and performer. She is a member of
the Board of Directors of the non-profit LaCruz Habitat Protection
Project: an organization that has planted over three million trees
in and around the monarchs over wintering habitats in Michoacan,
Manos-Jones initiated a Spirit of Butterfly Tour to
Mexico to help raise funds for reforestation; the tour was the
recipient of the Smithsonian Magazine Conservation Award in 2002.
She has also been a guide and storyteller at the American Museum of
Natural History’s live Butterfly Exhibit for the past ten years.
Immediately following the lecture, there will be a
guided walk on the nature trails connecting the grounds of the New
York Power Authority Visitors Center to Minekill State Park.
The admission-free Blenheim-Gilboa Visitors Center,
housed in a refurbished 19th century dairy barn, features
interactive exhibits for children and adults on such themes as
production and uses of electricity, energy efficiency and operation
of the Blenheim-
Gilboa Pumped Storage Power Project. The center,
located 17 miles south of Middleburgh on Route 30, is open seven
days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
■ 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.
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