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April 26, 2005

Bird Festival is Packed with Outdoor Activities

MEXICO, NY - The ninth annual Lake Ontario Bird Festival promises excitement and outdoor activities for the whole family May 7 and 8 at Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park Resort on the Little Salmon River. There is no admission charge and events will take place rain or shine. The festival features several live bird programs, more than 25 arts and crafts vendors, a variety of entertaining workshops, and educational displays.

The festival opens at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, May 7 with the "wake up the bears" children's parade around the campground, which is located on county Route 16, north of the village of Mexico. Programs will run until 5 p.m. both days. A special addition to this year's festival is a Mother's Day pancake breakfast on May, sponsored by the Junior ROTC of Mexico High School. Serving is from 9 to 11 a.m.

There will be duck carving demonstrations, displays by the Fledgling Ornithologists from New Haven Elementary School, totem pole carving, paint a bird, face painting, pinecone bird feeders, junior activities, and a display of coloring contest entries both days. Vintage cars and street rods, driven by the Country Cruisers, will parade the grounds at noon Sunday.

Saturday's schedule:

  • 9:30 a.m. "Wake up the Bears" children's parade.
  • 10 a.m. Welcoming ceremony and flag-raising. Coloring contest winners announced.
  • 10:30 a.m. "Wild Wings" with Ellen Post, live bird tent.
  • 11 a.m. "Build a Blue Bird House" with John Rogers, next to ranger station. One free kit per family. Additional kits are $5 each.
  • 11:30 a.m. "The Snozard of Odd" with storyteller Ken Carman, riverside tent.
  • 12 to 3 p.m. "Hawk Creek Wildlife Center" live bird display with Dan and Danette Pawlowski, on the river.
  • 12:15 p.m. "Talons! A Bird Of Prey Experience" with Laurie Westman, live bird exhibit.
  • 1 p.m. "Wild Wings" with Ellen Post, live bird tent.
  • 1 p.m. "Field Sketching and Nature Journaling" with Bob McNamara, riverside tent.
  • 1:45 p.m. "Build A Bluebird House" with John Rogers, next to ranger station. One free kit per family. Additional kits are $5 each.
  • 1:45 p.m. "Seeds for Wildbirds" with Doug Speich, clubhouse.
  • 2:30 p.m. "Beginning Fly Fishing" with Fran Verdoliva, on the river.
  • 2:30 p.m. "Buzzing about Interactive Insects" with Pat Carney, riverside tent.
  • 2:30 p.m. "Talons! A Bird Of Prey Experience" with Laurie Westman, live bird exhibit.
  • 3 p.m. "Build a Bluebird House" next to ranger station. One free kit per family. Additional kits available for $5 each.
  • 3:15 p.m. "All About Bluebirds" with John Rogers, clubhouse.
  • 3:45 p.m. "The Snozard of Odd" with storyteller Ken Carman, riverside tent.
  • 4:15 p.m. "Whale Safari - Kayaking with the Great Blue Whale," with Brewster Sears, clubhouse.

Sunday's schedule:

  • 9 to 11 a.m. Mother's Day pancake breakfast. Moms eat for free.
  • 9:45 a.m. "Show and Tell: Birds of Prey" with Cindy Page at the clubhouse.
  • 10:30 a.m. "Talons! A Bird Of Prey Experience" with Laurie Westman, live bird exhibit.
  • 11 a.m. "Build A Bluebird House." One free kit per family. Additional kits are $5 each.
  • 11:15 a.m. "Wild Edible Plants and Mushrooms" with Nancy Kaiser, Clubhouse.
  • 11:30 a.m. "The Snozard of Odd" with storyteller Ken Carman, Riverside Tent.
  • 12 noon "Ed Goetz and the Silver Spur" live music on the river.
  • 12 noon Country Cruisers parade of street rods and vintage cars.
  • 12:15 p.m. "Wildlife Gardening and Living Green," with Janet Allen, clubhouse.
  • 12:15 p.m. "Wild Wings" with Ellen Post, Live Bird Tent.
  • 1 p.m. "Field Sketching and Nature Journaling" with Bob McNamara, Riverside Tent.
  • 1 p.m. "Build A Bluebird House" next to ranger station. One free kit per family. Additional kits $5 each.
  • 1 p.m. "Talons! A Bird Of Prey Experience" with Laurie Westman, live bird exhibit.
  • 1:45 p.m. "Show and Tell: Birds of Prey" with Cindy Page, clubhouse.
  • 2:30 p.m. "Wild Wings" with Ellen Post, Live Bird Tent.
  • 2:30 p.m. "Build A Bluebird House" next to ranger station. One free kit per family. Additional kits $5 each.
  • 3 p.m. Duck Race.
  • 3:15 p.m. "Wild Edible Plants and Mushrooms" with Nancy Kaiser, Clubhouse.
  • 3:45 p.m. "The Snozard of Odd" with storyteller Ken Carman, Riverside Tent.
  • 4:15 p.m.: "Wildlife Gardening and Living Green," with Janet Allen, Clubhouse.

Again this year, free shuttle buses, sponsored by A & E Transport, will take visitors to the nearby Derby Hill Bird Observatory, where thousands of migrating raptors are sighted each spring on their journey northward. Shuttle buses will also stop at nearby Mexico Point State Park, at the mouth of the Little Salmon River. Casey's Cottage will be open for tours at Mexico Point State Park.

Lake Ontario Bird Festival is made possible by the generous help of the New York Power Authority and 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 A & E Transport, Constellation Energy - Nine Mile Point, Eastern Shore Associates, Eddie's Big M, Greater Mexico Chamber of Commerce, Hiscock and Barclay, LLP, The Mexicali Rose, Moore's Lumber, North Country Veterinary Services, Oswego County BOCES Pre-Multi-Occupational Program, Oswego County National Bank, Oswego County Weeklies, PathFinder Bank, Port Lodge Motel, Price Chopper Supermarkets, Pulaski Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce, Redwood Motel and Stewarts's Ice Cream Shops.

For information, call (315) 963-7096 or visit www.lakeontariobirdfestival.com.

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