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New York Power Authority to Host Wildlife Festival on Sept. 27

For Further Information:
Karen White
315-764-0226, ext. 863
karen.white@nypa.gov

September 23, 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE           

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 natural behaviors.

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 area.

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.

  About NYPA:

■    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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