Annual Wildlife Festival Returns to Niagara Power Plant's Visitors Center, Weekend of Sept. 28

Teresa Martinez

Lou Paonessa
(716) 286-6651

September 18, 2013


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LEWISTON – The New York Power Authority (NYPA) will host its 28th annual Wildlife Festival on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 28-29, from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. The free family event will take place at the Power Vista, the Niagara Hydroelectric Power Plant’s Visitors Center, and its surrounding grounds at 5777 Lewiston Road, Lewiston, N.Y.

The Niagara County Federation of Conservation Clubs (NCFCC) is returning with its popular rifle range and co-sponsors the event which hosts more than 50 exhibitors.

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.

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 the 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 Chain saw art by Clair Talbot Jr.

    Mike Randall, of Randall & Friends, will be joining us to provide funny, fast-paced shows including magic, ventriloquism and audience participation. Mike is scheduled to perform during both days of the festival.

    Children 15 years old and younger can participate in the Wildlife Festival Kids Fishing Derby during the two-day festival. Fishing can take place at any of Niagara County’s popular public fishing waters, including the NYPA reservoir and fishing pier.

    Scales will be open at the Niagara Tourism and Convention Corp. tent between noon and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. First-, second- and third-place winners will be announced in three age categories (7 and under, 8 to 12 years and 13 to 15) at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29. Prizes and an award for the biggest catch at the NYPA reservoir and fishing pier will also be given.  NYPA fishing is open between April 1 and November 30.

    The Niagara Police Athletic League, Boy Scouts Troop 855, Boy Scout Troop 841, Cub Scout Pack 841 are among the many food vendors at the festival. 

    Parking is free and will be available in the Power Vista parking lot as well as adjacent parking lots at Niagara University. Free shuttle service will be provided. In addition, the Niagara Scenic Trolley will provide free rides during the 2-day event between the Gorge Discover Center and the Niagara Power Vista courtesy of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.

    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 for a complete schedule of activities.

    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 has been designated as the lead entity via Executive Order 88 by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to form a central management and implementation plan to carry out his Build Smart NY plan to reduce energy use by state facilities 20 percent by 2020. ■ NYPA is the nation's largest state public power organization, through the operation of its 16 generating facilities in various parts of New York State, participation in a unique public/private partnership to contract for power from a clean generating plant in Queens, and its operation of more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines. ■ More than 70 percent of the electricity NYPA 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 visit or follow us on Twitter @NYPAenergy, Facebook, Instagram, Wordpress, and LinkedIn.

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