NYPA Power Vista Hosts 25th Annual Wildlife Festival September 25 and 26
September 13, 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
LEWISTON—Join in the celebration as the New York Power Authority’s Niagara Power Project hosts the 25th anniversary of its Wildlife Festival in cooperation with the Niagara County Federation of Conservation Clubs on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 25 and 26, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission and parking are free and the show will go on rain or shine. Food will be available from a selection of local youth groups hosting various concessions.
The Wildlife Festival has grown from a series of small table top exhibits in recognition of National Hunting and Fishing Day to one of the premiere attractions on the Western New York fall calendar. The festival is spread out over two days with more than 50 environmental exhibitors, outdoor educators and wildlife rehabilitators participating. One of many new attractions this year is an exhibit tracing the history of the Tuscarora Nation. It all takes place on the Niagara Power Vista grounds, located at 5777 Lewiston Road in Lewiston.
“Throughout its history, the New York Power Authority has integrated environmental considerations into its operations and community activities,” Niagara Regional Manager Joe Kessler said. “The Wildlife Festival is just one important part of that effort and we appreciate our relationships with all the exhibitors, vendors and guests and we will continue to work with them on important projects in Western New York.”
The Wildlife Festival will offer many new experiences this year. Visitors will be able to learn how to make a difference in our environment and how to improve our planet for both wildlife and our neighbors. Annual favorites, including reptiles, primates and birds of prey, will be joined by new animals, shows and attractions scheduled throughout each day.
There are also plenty of hands-on experiences that will entice sportsmen of all ages and abilities, including fishing, crossbow or standard bow and arrow shooting, and air rifle practice. Visitors can also feel the pelts of wild animals and see live ones from a safe distance. Younger guests can enjoy a scavenger hunt and craft activities and Brownies, Cub Scouts, Boy and Girl Scouts can earn a special Wildlife Festival badge by sampling all the excitement of the festival.
Environmental educators will be in attendance as well to present lectures and demonstrations. Visitors will be able to learn more about the traditions of Native Americans by viewing Iroquois dancers on Saturday and learn more about days on the frontier with “Mark Twain Live” on Sunday.
“The Wildlife Festival is representative of the importance that the Power Authority places on the environment,” Kessler added. “As part of our Niagara project relicensing, NYPA is working on a number of Habitat Improvement Projects, which include restoration of marshes and wetlands on several islands in the Niagara River, control of invasive species in local marshes, development of nesting sites for the osprey and common tern, and installation of structures on the bottom of the river, which will provide shelter for fish, such as the muskellunge, northern pike, walleye, and largemouth and smallmouth bass.”
While visiting the festival, one can also go inside the Power Vista visitors center to sample more than 50 interactive exhibits about hydroelectricity and the historic role it has played on the Niagara Frontier. Visitors will also be able to enjoy the breathtaking view of the Niagara River gorge from the observation deck.
For a complete list of exhibitors and a schedule of events, visit: www.nypa.gov/vc/niagara.htm.
■ 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.