NYPA Visitor Center Hosts Annual Wildlife Festival September 25

Karen White
315-764-0226, Ext. 304

September 13, 2010


MASSENA—The New York Power Authority will host its annual Wildlife Festival on the grounds of the Frank S. McCullough, Jr. Hawkins Point Visitors Center Saturday, Sept. 25, 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 again be returning to Hawkins Point with a variety of exotic and endangered animals. WOWEE volunteers will provide two educational shows at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Audience members can enjoy the interactive games during both shows. In between shows, WOWEE volunteers will be available to answer questions about the exotic and endangered animals.

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. Other exhibitors include the Department of Environmental Conservation, the Thompson Park Zoo, Jeff Taylor and the Wild Animal Experience, Page Wildlife with Birds of Prey and the Robert Moses Nature Center. Visitors will also be able to enjoy a petting zoo, craft projects and wagon rides.

During the Wildlife Festival, attendees can also enjoy the visitors center, which features 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. The visitors center will be open, as usual; from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visitors will also be able to enjoy panoramic views of the power dam from Hawkins Point.

For further information, please call the visitors center at (315) 764-0226 ext. 302, or visit NYPA on the Web at www.nypa.gov.

About NYPA:

■ The New York Power Authority 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 public power organization, with 17 generating facilities in various parts of New York State and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines. ■ Approximately 80 percent of the electricity it produces is clean renewable hydropower.  Its lower-cost power production and electricity purchases support hundreds of thousands of jobs throughout the state. ■For more information, www.nypa.gov.


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