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April 24, 2006

Lake Ontario Bird Festival Celebrates Spring on Eastern Lake Ontario Shoreline

MEXICO, NY - The tenth annual Lake Ontario Bird Festival celebrates the glories of spring with birding, music and outdoor activities for the whole family Saturday, May 6, at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Resort, 601 county Route 16, Mexico. There is no admission charge and events will take place rain or shine.

New to the festival this year are performances by Native American musicians and workshops on native spirit totems and their connection to birds and wildlife of Central New York. The festival closes with story telling and music around a bonfire on the Little Salmon River Saturday evening.

Ongoing throughout the day will be music by the Thunder Hawk Singers and David “Searching Owl” Beaulieu; special projects and workshops for children by the 4-H youth development staff of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County; bluebird nesting box workshops with ornithologist John Rogers and members of Boy Scout Troop 825; live bird displays; duck carving by Robert and Dorothy Gullotta; appearances by “Okwaha” the wolf and her owner, Karen DePeitro; the Oswego County Health Department’s best-tasting water contest, and display of classic cars by the Country Cruisers.

Each family may build one free bluebird nesting box. Additional nesting box kits will be available for $5 each. All entries for the bird festival coloring contest will be displayed in the children’s activities area.

The full schedule of events is:

9:30 a.m.

  • “Wake up the Bears” children’s parade.

9:45 a.m.

  • Welcoming ceremony and flag-raising. Coloring contest winners introduced.

10 a.m.

  • “Talons! A Bird of Prey Experience,” Lorrie Schumacher;
  • “Totem Spirits: Nature Speaks If We Listen,” Laura “Bright Star” Vannah;
  • “Attracting Birds to Your Yard,” Janet Allen.

11 a.m.

  • Native American flute workshop, David “Searching Owl” Beaulieu;
  • “Wild Wings,” Ellen Post;
  • New York State Zoo at Thompson Park workshop.

12 noon:

  • “Hawk Creek Wildlife Birds Center,” Dan and Danette Pawlowski;
  • “Field Sketching and Nature Journaling,” Bob McNamara.

1 p.m.

  • “Talons! A Bird Of Prey Experience,” Laurie Schumacher;
  • “Birding by Fledglings,” Pat Carney.

2 p.m.

  • “Wild Wings,” Ellen Post;
  • Native American flute workshop, David “Searching Owl” Beaulieu;
  • “Attracting Birds to Your Yard,” Janet Allen.

3 p.m.

  • Duck race. Finish line at the falls by the Flat Rock.

4 p.m.

  • “Hawk Creek Wildlife Birds Center,” Dan and Danette Pawlowski;
  • New York State Zoo at Thompson Park workshop.

5 p.m.

  • “Totem Spirits: Nature Speaks If We Listen,” Laura “Bright Star” Vannah.

6 p.m.

  • Bonfire on the Flat Rock. “Timberdoodle Tales” storytelling by Ian and Reily Mumpton;
  • Drumming and flute music by Thunder Hawk Singers and David “Searching Owl” Beaulieu.

Several youth organizations will help at the tenth annual Lake Ontario Bird Festival. The Oswego County BOCES custom manufacturing class cut the lumber and prepared the bluebird nesting box kits. Members of Boy Scout Troop 825 will help people build the nesting boxes. The Mexico Junior ROTC will assist with festival set-up and take-down, and provide food concessions. Students in the law enforcement Explorers Post at Oswego County BOCES will assist with parking and traffic control.

The festival is sponsored by the Town of Mexico, Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Resort, Oswego County Department of Promotion and Tourism, Caraccioli and Associates, Constellation Energy Nine Mile Point, Eastern Shore Associates, Eddie’s Big M, Harris Seeds, Greater Mexico Chamber of Commerce, Hiscock and Barclay, LLP, Mexicali Rose, New Haven Building Supply, North Country Veterinary Services, Ontario Orchards, Oswego City-County Youth Bureau, Oswego County Weeklies, PathFinder Bank, Port Lodge Motel, Price Chopper, Redwood Motel, Steve’s Body Shop, Inc., and Stewart’s Shops.

For information, call (315) 963-7096 or (315) 349-8322.

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