New York Power Authority
Set to Host Wildlife Festival On Sept. 27
For Further Information:
315-764-0226, ext. 863
September 16, 2008
MASSENA—The New York Power Authority (NYPA) will
play host to its annual Wildlife Festival on the grounds of the
Frank S. McCullough, Jr. Hawkins Point Visitors Center and Boat
Launch at the St. Lawrence-Franklin D. Roosevelt Power Project,
Saturday, Sept. 27 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 bringing a selection of live, exotic and endangered animals
to the festival. WOWEE volunteers will present a show at noon and a
second show at 2 p.m. Visitors at the Wildlife Festival will get an
up close view of a variety of reptiles, birds and mammals. During
each show WOWEEE volunteers will introduce each animal by name and
talk about that animal’s personal history, native habitats and
Jerry and 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. In addition, wildlife rehabilitator Susan Sattler will
present her “Birds of Prey.” Sattler is the only federally licensed
wildlife rehabilitator in St. Lawrence County. She will be bringing
a variety of birds to the show and will speak about her work in the
The St. Lawrence River Walleye Association will be
providing fishing at the boat launch near the visitors center. Poles
and bait will be provided to participants who want to try and catch
a fish from the St. Lawrence River.
Other exhibitors include the Thompson Park Zoo,
Traditional Arts in Upstate New York, the Robert Moses Nature Center
and Chuck’s Pet Center. There will also be a petting zoo with farm
animals, wagon rides and animal-themed craft projects for kids.
Space is still available in the craft tent, as well as space for
other vendors and organizations interested in setting up during the
Wildlife Festival. Those interested can contact Karen White,
315-764-0226 ext. 304, for more information.
The Wildlife Festival is being held on National
Hunting and Fishing Day—celebrated the fourth Saturday of every
September—which promotes outdoor sports and conservation.
During the Wildlife Festival, the McCullough
Visitors Center at Hawkins Point, 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 as usual from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visitors can also enjoy
panoramic views of the power dam from the visitors center windows
and outdoor deck.
■ 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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