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Feb. 23, 2005

Volunteers Needed to Help with Bird Fest

MEXICO – Volunteers are needed to help in the welcome tent and with other projects May 7 and 8 at the Lake Ontario Bird Festival, Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Resort, county Route 16, Mexico.

The ninth annual festival will feature Wild Wings, Talons birds of prey, and other live bird programs, and an expanded arts and crafts area along the Little Salmon River. Volunteers are needed to greet visitors, distribute information in the welcome tent, help make pinecone bird feeders and assist in other program areas.

“If you enjoy the outdoors and learning about our natural world, the bird festival is a great way to spend a few hours,” said Barbara Lighthall, co-owner of Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Resort. “The festival is a family event that offers something for all ages.”

Lighthall is co-chair of the bird festival organizing committee and has been involved with the festival for several years.

This year’s festival falls on Mother’s Day, May 8. Mothers can eat breakfast for free at a special pancake breakfast, served by members of the Mexico Junior ROTC. Other activities include a bluebird nesting box project, classic and vintsge car display by the Hannibal Country Cruizers on Sunday, and nature-sketching workshops with wildlife artist Bob McNamara.

Anyone interested in becoming involved may call Betty Green at 963-7657, or Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Resort at 963-7096.

The ninth annual Lake Ontario Bird Festival is sponsored by the New York Power Authority, Town of Mexico, Oswego Harbor Festivals, Inc., Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Resort, Oswego County Department of Promotion and Tourism, A&E Transport Services, Inc., Constellation Energy Nine Mile Point, Eastern Shore Associates, Eddie’s Big M, Greater Mexico Chamber of Commerce, Hiscock and Barclay, Mexico Foods, Inc., Mexicali Rose, Moore’s Lumber, North Country Veterinary Services, Oswego County Weeklies, Port Lodge Motel, Price Chopper Supermarkets, Pulaski Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce, and Redwood Motel.

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