Wildlife Festival Returns to the
Niagara Power Project's Power Vista With New Attractions, Sept. 27
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September 23, 2008
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
LEWISTON—The New York Power Authority (NYPA), in
cooperation with the Niagara County Federation of Conservation Clubs
(NCFCC), will play host to the 2008 Wildlife Festival on Saturday
and Sunday, Sept. 27 and 28.
The festival will take place on the grounds of the
Power Vista at the Power Authority’s Niagara Power Project in
Lewiston from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission and parking are free for
the festival, which will be held rain or shine.
More than 60 exhibitors will be at the festival,
providing educational and interactive conservation presentations.
The Wildlife Festival has grown into one of the premier attractions
on the Western New York fall calendar.
“In keeping with NYPA’s effort to support the
Niagara community, we are proud to be playing host to the Niagara
Wildlife Festival for the 23rd consecutive year,” said Horace
Horton, Regional Manager for Western New York, NYPA. “With the help
of the people of Western New York, this festival has been one of the
Power Authority’s most successful annual events, and we look forward
to another outstanding program this year.”
“This is the 37th annual National Hunting and
Fishing Day and NYPA’s Wildlife Festival is one of about 3,000
hunting and fishing-related events being held nationwide,” NCFCC
President John Butcher said. “It’s an opportunity for families to
learn more about the great outdoors and the importance of becoming
involved with conservation activities.”
Commemorating the 25th anniversary of Canine
Helpers for the Handicapped, retrievers and trainers will
demonstrate what goes into preparing service, seizure and hearing
assistance dogs. Also, Denny Murphy of Fort Hyde Kennels will offer
tips on training your dog along with a special program on training
retrievers for hunting.
Other new highlights of this year’s festival
Meteorologist Mike Randall, from WKBW in Buffalo,
displaying his other talents as a magician, storyteller and
New York State Department of Environmental
Conservation Fisheries interactive fishing game for young anglers;
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service “Let’s Go Outside”
presentations showcasing activities for families to explore aquatic
A Seneca White Deer display highlighting the Seneca
Army Depot and its natural resources that include the world’s
largest herd of white tail deer;
An exhibit by the Army Corps. of Engineers that
promotes water safety;
An exhibit by the Niagara County 4-H Youth Pheasant
Raising Program that will display live pheasants and describe what
it took to win Blue Ribbons at the Niagara County Fair;
The Western and Central New York Chapter of Safari
Club International will be displaying wildlife mounts and have a
cork gun shoot for children;
An exhibit by SPCA Wildlife Department, serving
Eerie County; and,
A show performed by the Niagara River Iroquois
Dancers at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday.
Naturalist Paul Schnell, from the Institute for
Environmental Learning, will return to the Wildlife Festival for his
23rd season, highlighting the newest addition to his program, “Bron-yr-aur,”
the golden eagle. One of the festival’s long time favorites,
“Liberty the Bald Eagle,” will join Paul in presentations
highlighting raptors in the modern world and showcase a screech,
owl, peregrine, falcon and red tail hawk.
Other returning exhibitors and attractions include:
Jeff Musial from “Nickel City Reptiles and Exotics”
with presentations about the world of reptiles and other mammals;
The Primate Sanctuary’s Carmen Presti will teach
visitors about new—and old—world primates along with a little
“monkey business” with Sara the capuchin monkey;
Hawk Creek Wildlife Center, Buffalo Zoomobile,
Aquarium of Niagara and Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve;
Interpretive nature programs and craft activities
by the New York State Department of Parks, Recreation and Historic
Preservation on various hiking adventures;
Niagara Frontier Wildlife Habitat Council with
information about the proposed Olmsted School of Land Design and
Planning with emphasis on the preservation of the old growth forest
at DeVeaux Woods State park;
Middleport Rod and Gun Club archery and primitive
Niagara River Anglers Fishing Pond; and,
Raptors, birds and lessons on the dangers to
wildlife by A.W.A.R.E. Wildlife Rehabilitation.
The Niagara Police Athletic League, Lew-Port Sports
Boosters, Scout Troop 841 and Cub Scout Pack 6 will be selling a
variety of foods and Cub Scout Pack 833 will offer gold fish toss
Brownies, Girl Scouts, Cub and Boy Scouts can earn
a Wildlife Festival 2008 patch by visiting at least 10 exhibitors,
listening to their presentation and answering a simple question.
Forms can be picked up and returned to the respective scout booths.
The last day of the Wildlife Festival will coincide
with the 32nd annual Greater Niagara Fish Odyssey, which takes place
in the waters of Erie, Niagara and Orleans counties Sept. 20 through
28. Children will have a chance to win a day of fishing with Buffalo
Sabres alumnus Rob Ray on the last day of the Wildlife Festival. At
2 p.m. on Sunday, Ray will draw the lucky winner and Odyssey winners
will also be announced at the 4 p.m. closing ceremonies. To
www.fishodyssey.net or call (716) 282-8992 Ext. 303.
Registration is free for children 15 and under and $20 for adults.
The Niagara Power Project Power Vista is located on
5777 Lewiston Road in Lewiston. For more information call
716-286-6661 or 1-866-NYPA-FUN or visit
www.nypa.gov for a complete schedule of activities.
■ 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. ■ For more
information, please go to www.nypa.gov.
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