Power Authority's Wildlife
Festival Returning to the Newly Renovated Power Vista
September 10, 2001
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
LEWISTON—A full day of free family fun featuring live animals, music,
interactive workshops and more is in store at the New York Power Authority’s
Wildlife Festival on Saturday, Sept. 22, at the Niagara Power Project in
Lewiston. The annual event, which moved to Artpark while the Niagara Power
Project’s Visitors’ Center underwent renovation, is coming back to the
"Power Vista" as well as the grounds of the project and will run
from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The event is being held in observation of National Hunting and Fishing
Day and is co-sponsored by the Niagara County Federation of Conservation
Clubs. Representatives from various clubs will be on hand to teach
archery, bird banding and trapping, along with interactive workshops on
hunting and fishing activities. The Niagara River Angler’s real-life
fishing pond where kids can experience the hands-on thrill of
"catching the big one!" will be part of the event again this
"This year’s event has been expanded to include the use of the
newly renovated visitors center as well as the park-like grounds
surrounding the "Power Vista," said Lori Presti, festival
coordinator. "Another exciting addition to the festival this year is
a National Wild Turkey Federation sanctioned turkey calling competition
for kids and adults sponsored by the Niagara Falls Thundering Toms."
Registration will take place between 10 a.m. and noon. Competition begins
promptly at 1 p.m. in the Power Vista. Calling divisions include Poults
ages 2-9, junior ages 10-15, amateur, resident and open. Other divisions
include friction and owl. For further information on this event contact
Wendy Wozniak at 992-2917 who will also serve as master of ceremonies.
This year’s performances include:
"Liberty the Bald Eagle" and other live birds of prey from
the Institute for Environmental Learning at 10:30, 12:30, 2:30, 4
Primate friends from Monkey Business at 11:30, 1:30, and 3:30
Glenn Colton family fun musical concert "Snake, Rattle and
Crawl" at 11, 1 and 3
The Buffalo Zoomobile will present a live animal display along with
touchable "biofacts" and animal artifacts such as turtle shells
and animal skins/pelts. Dr. "B" Suited for Science is returning
to this year’s festival as he "leaps" from a tadpole to a frog
in a presentation on "Wildlife In Your Backyard."
Opportunities to learn more about hawks, reptiles, owls, marine life,
and dinosaurs will be presented by Hawk Creek Wildlife Center, New York
State Department of Environmental Conservation, Reptile Adoption, &
Rehabilitation Education, Inc., Wild Spirit Rehabilitation & Release
Center, the Aquarium of Niagara, and the Western New York Herpetological
For some "doggoned" fun there will be retriever training
demonstrations, and assistance dog information by Chuck Tirrano from
Tirrano Kennels, and the Canine Helpers for the Handicapped. Thinking
about a new pet? Learn how you can adopt a retired racing dog as a pet
from the Buffalo Greyhound Adoption Group and create an animal puppet with
representatives from Save-A-Pet. At noon, Niagara County Sheriff Deputy
James Hildreth will present "Ciro," a German shepherd and
"Max," a golden retriever demonstrating their K-9 abilities of
Let your imagination run "wild" by creating a butterfly
craft, a pine cone bird feeder, and a "rock" frog with friends
from Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory, the 4H Clubs of Niagara County,
and New York State Parks. You can even design your very own edible art
with Sandy Candy, "The Tart Art You Can Eat." Search for
whimsical animals at Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University in their
exhibition of illuminated manuscripts from the Medieval and Renaissance
The Niagara Frontier Wildlife Habitat Council will exhibit live and
dried plants as well as colorful bird cutouts to demonstrate the variety
of species that are found in our region.
Join the Western New York Urban Wildlife Society for a "Friends of
Wildlife" interactive game where children choose a paper cutout
animal and try to place it in a safe environment.
Also on hand will be Niagara Falls Historian and author, Paul Gromosiak,
explaining the natural history of the falls from the ice age to the
Get your face painted with Lewiston-Porter Middle School Face Painters
and meet the N.U. Purple Eagle mascot. Concession stands by Niagara PAL
and Lewiston-Porter Sports Boosters will sell refreshments.
Parking for the event will be available at the Power Vista with
additional parking at the Niagara University Dwyer Ice Arena Penrose lot.
Shuttle service will be available for the entire day.
Come and enjoy a "wild time" of free family fun! For more
information, call 716-286-6661 or visit www.nypa.gov.
DIRECTIONS TO THE WILDLIFE FESTIVAL
FROM BUFFALO: Take 1-190 North, crossing Grand Island and
continuing to Exit 25A (Lewiston). Turn left onto Route 265
(Military Road). Turn left onto Route 104 west. Make a left turn at
the yellow blinking light, after going under the pedestrian overpass that
crosses Route 104. The Power Vista entrance is on the left.
FROM CANADA: Cross the Lewiston-Queenston Bridge and
take the first right turn after the immigration booths. Follow the signs
to Route 104 west. Make a left turn at the yellow blinking light, after
going under the pedestrian overpass that crosses Route 104. The Power
Vista entrance is on the left.