Wildlife Festival at Niagara
Project Visitors Center Returns with New Attractions, September 22
Connie M. Cullen
August 28, 2007
For Immediate Release
LEWISTON—Hawks, reptiles, canines and primates - oh
my! The New York Power Authority (NYPA) will host its 22nd annual
Wildlife Festival on Saturday, September 22 and Sunday, September
23, from 10 am to 5 pm. The free family event will take place at
the Niagara Power Project’s visitors center, the Power Vista, and
its surrounding grounds at 5777 Lewiston Road in Lewiston. More
than 60 exhibitors will be at this year’s festival providing both
educational and interactive presentations.
This year’s activities are in cooperation with the
Niagara County Federation of Conservation Clubs (NCFCC) as the
Wildlife Festival coincides with National Hunting and Fishing Day.
“The Niagara Wildlife Festival is one of about
3,000 hunting and fishing-related events being held nationwide this
year to commemorate the 36th Annual National Hunting and Fishing
Day,” said Roger B. Kelley, president and chief executive officer,
NYPA. “It’s an opportunity to learn more about hunting, fishing and
the work of those involved with conserving natural resources.”
“Throughout the weekend of September 22 and 23, an
estimated four million Americans will participate in various
conservation programs throughout the nation highlighting the message
that spending time outdoors creates memorable experiences with
friends and family,” said John Butcher, president, NCFCC. “With
NYPA’s support, the federation’s sportsmen and women can communicate
the value of hunting, fishing and conservation to the thousands of
visitors this two-day festival attracts.”
New presentations for this year’s festival include:
Fort Hyde Kennel’s “Doggie Island,” which
includes a presentation on choosing and training your dog,
safety tips and a special program on retrievers for the hunter.
Mike Randall & Friends—a fun family puppet and
ventriloquism show featuring the only “Baby Bigfoot” in
Back by popular demand will be naturalist Paul
Schnell from the Institute for Environmental Learning, who has
participated in the festival since it began in 1985. He’ll bring
along “Liberty the Bald Eagle” and other raptors such as a screech
owl, peregrine, falcon and red tail hawk.
Other returning exhibitors and attractions include:
Jeff Musial from “Nickel City Reptiles and
Exotics” with presentations about the world of reptiles and
The Primate Sanctuary’s Carmen Presti will
teach visitors about new and old world primates along with a
little “monkey business.”
Buffalo State College Professor Don Birdd, also
known as “Dr. ‘B’ Suited for Science,” who will swoop down as a
little brown bat with stories about this larger-than-life
Hawk Creek Wildlife Center, Buffalo Zoomobile
and Aquarium of Niagara.
An air-rifle range and fishing pond, courtesy
of the NCFCC and the Niagara River Anglers Association,
Interpretive nature programs by the New York
State Department of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation,
on various hiking adventures.
North Forest Rod and Gun Club’s clay target
team will highlight the skills that won the group 1st, 3rd and
4th place in this past June’s New York State competition.
The Niagara Police Athletic League, Lew-Port Sports
Boosters, Cub Scout Pack 101 and Lewiston Boy Scout Troop 855 will
be selling a variety of foods including Troop 855’s homemade
NYPA is the Headline Sponsor for the New York Power
Authority/Greater Niagara Fish Odyssey, an event in its 31st year,
which takes place from September 15—23 in the waters of Erie,
Niagara and Orleans counties. Registration is free for kids 15 and
under and $20 for adults. All will have a chance to win a day of
fishing with Buffalo Sabres alum Rob Ray. At 2 pm on Sunday, Ray and
special guest Sabretooth will draw the lucky winner. Fish Odyssey
winners will also be announced on Sunday. To register, visit
www.fishodyssey.net or call (716) 282-8992, ext. 303 or pick up
the form at the Power Vista.
The Wildlife Festival is held rain or shine.
Admission and parking are free. For more information call (716)
286-6661 or 1-866-NYPA-FUN or visit
www.nypa.gov for a complete schedule of activities.
■ NYPA 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 the state and more than 1,400
circuit-miles of transmission lines.
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