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March 31, 2004

Naturalist Bob McNamara Will Teach Field Sketching at Lake Ontario Festival

Local naturalist and artist Bob McNamara returns to this year's Lake Ontario Bird Festival, marking his ninth appearance at the annual event. He has been active with the festival since its inception in 1996. McNamara will lead a workshop on nature journaling and field observation at 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 1 and 2, at the festival at Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park Resort, 601 Co. Rte.16, Mexico.

Festival visitors will be able to watch hawks and falcons flying free and learn about birds, their flight patterns and their habitats through workshops and interactive displays. A variety of entertainment has been booked for the festival, including Ed Goetz and the Silver Spurs of Parish, the Mexico Brass, and storyteller Ken Carman. There are several activities for children, including the popular bluebird nesting box workshop led by John Rogers.

McNamara will teach the techniques involved in creating a field journal. Examples will be shown and participants will go out in the field and practice sketching and journaling along the Little Salmon River.

McNamara said the bird festival is a rewarding experience because it provides a chance for people to get outside and connect to the natural environment. He referred to the festival as a chance to "show how many fantastic birds there are migrating through the area." A favorite aspect of the festival is a visit to the nearby Derby Hill Bird Observatory to observe the hawk migration. "That's what it's all about," said McNamara.

A resident of Cleveland along the north shore of Oneida Lake, McNamara has been published in magazines such as Wildlife Art and The Conservationist in addition to publishing two hardcover books. His work includes illustrations, photography, prints, and original artwork, each rich in detail and created in a variety of mediums. More information is available on McNamara's Website at www.artofwilderness.com.

Lake Ontario Bird Festival is made possible by the generous help of the New York Power Authority, A & E Transport, Entergy Nuclear Northeast, Town of Mexico, and is hosted by Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park Resort. Organizational support is provided by Oswego Harbor Festivals, Inc. and in-kind support is provided by the Oswego County Department of Promotion and Tourism.

Additional sponsorship is provided by C & B Farm Garden, Children's Board of Oswego, Constellation Energy Group - Nine Mile Point, Eastern Shore Associates, Eddie's Big M, Greater Mexico Chamber of Commerce, Hiscock and Barclay LLP, Moore's Lumber, Oswego County National Bank, Oswego County Weeklies, PathFinder Bank, Port Lodge Motel, Price Chopper Supermarkets, Pulaski Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce, Redwood Motel, Stewart's Ice Cream Shops, and Tweeter's Feeders.

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

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