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NYPA Power Vista Plays Host to Annual Wildlife Festival September 26-27

Contact:
Lou Paonessa
716-286-6661
Lou.Paonessa@nypa.gov

September 14, 2009 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

LEWISTON—Mark your calendars for free family fun and environmental enrichment at the New York Power Authority’s (NYPA) 2009 Wildlife Festival, to be held on Saturday and Sunday, September 26 and 27, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., on the grounds of NYPA’s admission-free Niagara Power Vista.

Hosted in cooperation with the Niagara County Federation of Conservation Clubs, the Wildlife Festival, now in its 24th year, has grown to become one of Western New York’s premier events. Annual favorites from years past, including reptiles, primates and birds of prey, will be joined by new animals, shows and attractions scheduled throughout each day. In recognition of National Hunting and Fishing Day (September 26), more than 50 environmental exhibitors, outdoor educators and wildlife rehabilitators will be participating. For a complete list of exhibitors and a schedule of events, visit: www.nypa.gov/vc/niagara.htm.

Inside the Power Vista, visitors can sample more than 50 interactive exhibits about hydroelectricity and learn about the historic role it has played in the Niagara Frontier. Enjoy the breathtaking view of the Niagara River Gorge from the observation deck. Local youth groups will offer a variety of refreshments, including hot dogs, hamburgers and barbecued chicken.

Learn how to make a difference in the environment and improve the planet both for wildlife and our neighbors. Brownies, Cub Scouts, Boy and Girl Scouts can even earn a special Wildlife Festival badge.   

The Niagara Power Vista is located at 5777 Lewiston Road in Lewiston, New York. For more information call (716) 286-6661, or 1-866-NYPA-FUN, or visit www.nypa.gov/vc/niagara.htm.

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-owned electric utility, with 18 generating facilities in various parts of New York State and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines.  ■    About 75 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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