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March 1, 2006

Crafters and Vendors Invited to Tenth Annual Birding Festival May 6 in Mexico

MEXICO -- Crafters and vendors are invited to sell their products at the tenth annual Lake Ontario Bird Festival Saturday, May 6 at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Resort, county Route 16, Mexico.

The free event attracts hundreds of families for children’s programs, birding workshops, nature walks, birdhouse building, and music at a lovely setting on the Little Salmon River.

“New this year will be special programs on native American spiritual totems and music, and their connection to our natural world,” said Barbara Lighthall, festival co-chairwoman. “Another new addition will be a family campfire Saturday evening with storytellers on the flat rock on the river.”

The festival celebrates the lovely songbirds and amazing birds of prey that visit the eastern Lake Ontario shoreline every spring.

“Wildlife experts will bring falcons, owls, eagles, hawks and other live birds that are commonly seen in our area,” said Christine Gray, director of the Oswego County Department of Promotion and Tourism. “Oswego County’s location makes it an amazing site for spotting hawks, eagles, falcons and other raptors as they head north on their annual migration to their summer nesting grounds.”

Crafters and vendors of nature-related items are invited to take part. Those interested in taking advantage of this opportunity should contact Lighthall, phone 963-7096 or co-chair Betty Green, phone 963-7657.

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