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New York Power Authority Wildlife Festival Set for September 22

Contact:
Karen White
315-764-0226, ext. 304
karen.white@nypa.gov   

September 17, 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MASSENA – The New York Power Authority will play host to its annual Wildlife Festival on the grounds of the Hawkins Point Visitors Center, Saturday, September 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 bringing a variety of exotic and endangered animals to the festival. WOWEE volunteers will hold two shows: one at 11:30 a.m. and the other at 2 p.m. They will include an interactive game with audience participants. In between shows, volunteers will be on-hand to answer questions about the exotic and endangered animals.

Jerry and Mary Benvenuto will once again return to the Wildlife Festival to showcase a variety of insects and reptiles, including a python and a 50 pound turtle. In addition, wildlife rehabilitator Susan Sattler will present her birds of prey. Sattler is the only federally licensed wildlife rehabilitator in St. Lawrence County and she will be bringing a variety of birds to the show and will speak on her work in the area.

Other exhibitors include the Department of Environmental Conservation, the Thompson Park Zoo, the Robert Moses Nature Center, the St. Lawrence County Trappers Association and the Massena Rod and Gun Club. There will be a petting zoo with farm animals, wagon rides and movies at the Visitors Center Theater.

During the Wildlife Festival, the Hawking Point Visitors Center, featuring a wide range of interactive exhibits on subjects such as Water Power and the St. Lawrence-FDR Project, Basics of Electricity and Uses of Electricity, will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visitors will also be able to enjoy panoramic views of the power dam from Hawkins Point.  

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■    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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