Photo and CaptionMASSENA – The New York Power Authority will play host to its annual Wildlife Festival on the grounds of the Frank S. McCullough, Jr. Hawkins Point Visitors Center, Saturday, Sept. 22 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 be on hand once again with a variety of exotic and endangered animals. WOWEE volunteers will also provide two entertaining and interactive shows at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. In between shows, WOWEE volunteers will be on-hand to answer questions about the exotic and endangered animals.
The annual Wildlife Festival will also feature representatives from Reptiles Forever, who will showcase a variety of insects and reptiles, including a python and a 50-pound turtle. There will be a petting zoo with farm animals; craft projects; wagon rides; and movies in the visitors center theater.
During the Wildlife Festival, the Hawkins Point Visitors Center will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with its wide range of interactive exhibits on subjects such as water power and the St. Lawrence-FDR Project, the basics of electricity and the uses of electricity. Visitors will also enjoy the visitors center’s spectacular panoramic views of the power dam.
■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