Annual Wildlife Festival at Niagara Project Visitors Center Returns Weekend of Sept. 22

Teresa Martinez

September 11, 2012


LEWISTON—The New York Power Authority (NYPA) will host the 27th annual Wildlife Festival on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 22-23, 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. In addition, the Niagara Scenic Trolley will provide free rides throughout the event between the Gorge Discovery 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 Skyhunters – an exhibit of birds of prey
    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, a peregrine falcon and a 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 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, 13 to 15) at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23. There will also be awards and prizes for biggest catch from the NYPA reservoir and fishing pier. NYPA fishing is open between April 1 and November 30

    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 will operate food booths 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 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 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,

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