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Feb. 11, 2004

Lake Ontario Bird Festival Takes Flight

OSWEGO COUNTY, NY -- Plans are already being made for the annual Lake Ontario Bird Festival Saturday and Sunday, May 1 and 2, at Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park Resort in Mexico, NY. The festival features live birds, workshops and educational programs, crafts, vendors, and plenty of activities for children. There is no admission charge.

The festival takes place on the Little Salmon River, a short distance from Lake Ontario and the Derby Hill Bird Observatory. Free shuttle buses will take passengers to Derby Hill for birding and to Mexico Point State Park for nature walks. Derby Hill has been known to attract over 60,000 migrating hawks in a single spring season, and is considered one of the most significant spring hawk migration spots in the nation.

Again this year the bird festival committee has partnered with Oswego's Harborfest to organize the event.

"The bird festival is an educational and family-oriented event that celebrates the unique habitat of Oswego County's Lake Ontario shoreline," said Harborfest Director Mike Redding. "We have a variety of new programs planned for 2004, in addition to perennial favorites, such as the bluebird nesting box project for kids."

The Lake Ontario Bird Festival is sponsored by the New York Power Authority, Oswego County Department of Promotion and Tourism, Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park Resort, Constellation Energy Nine Mile Point, Eastern Shore Associates, Hiscock and Barclay, Town of Mexico, Moore's Lumber, A & E Transport, Pathfinder Bank, Port Lodge Motel, Price Chopper Supermarkets, Redwood Motel, Greater Mexico Chamber of Commerce, Children's Board of Oswego, Stewart's, and Tweeter's Feeders.

For information, call (315) 963-7096 or (315) 963-7657.

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