Annual Wildlife Festival At Niagara Project Visitors Center Returns Weekend Of September 24
Lou Paonessa or Teresa Martinez
August 26, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
LEWISTON— The New York Power Authority (NYPA) will host the 26th annual Wildlife Festival on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 24-25, from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. The free family event will take place at the Power Vista, the Niagara Power Project’s Visitors Center, and its surrounding grounds at 5777 Lewiston Road, Lewiston, N.Y.
Parking is free and will be available in the Power Vista parking lot as well as adjacent parking lots at Niagara University. Shuttle service will be provided from parking areas to the festival by We Care Transportation. In addition, the Niagara Scenic Trolley will provide free rides every half-hour between the Gorge Discover Center and the Niagara Power Vista courtesy of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.
The Niagara County Federation of Conservation Clubs (NCFCC) is returning with its popular rifle range and co-sponsors the event that hosts more than 50 exhibitors. Other returning exhibitors include:
- Renowned Western New York naturalist Carmen Presti of the Primate Sanctuary in Niagara Falls
- Jeff Musial from “Nickel City Reptiles and Exotics” with presentations about the world of reptiles, mammals and birds from around the world
- Hawk Creek Wildlife Center, Buffalo Zoomobile and Aquarium of Niagara
- A fishing pond courtesy of the Niagara River Anglers Association
- Interpretive nature programs by the New York State Department of Parks and Recreation, on various hiking adventures
- Niagara River Iroquois Dancers
The popular Paul Schnell from the Institute for Environmental Learning, who has participated in the festival since it began in 1985, will bring along “Liberty the Bald Eagle” and other raptors such as a screech owl, peregrine, falcon and red tail hawk.
Mike Randall of Randall & Friends, which provides funny, fast paced shows including magic, ventriloquism and audience participation, will perform both days of the festival.
Children up to age 16 can participate in the Wildlife Festival Kids Fishing Derby during the two-day festival. Fishing will take place in the reservoir. Fish will be measured at the festival between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. First-, second- and third-place winners will be announced in three age categories (up to 8 years old, ages 9 to 13 and 14 to 16) at 1:30 p.m. Sunday. Each winner in all categories will receive a fishing pole. The Reservoir is open for fishing between April 1 and November 30.
A new presentation at this year’s festival will be live demonstrations of chainsaw carving art by Lockport artist Clair Talbot Jr. Talbot will display a NYPA bench he carved in commemoration of the Niagara Power Project’s 50th anniversary of first power.
Niagara PAL, the Carolyn’s House Culinary Arts Program, Boy Scout Troop 841, Cub Scout Pack 841 and the Cambria Junior Firefighters Explorers Post No. 0432 are among food vendors at the festival.
The Wildlife Festival at the Power Vista is held rain or shine. For more information call (716) 286-6661, 1-866-NYPA-FUN or visit www.nypa.gov for a complete schedule of activities.
■ 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.