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Wildlife Festival

May 2, 2015 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Montezuma Audubon Center’s 9th Annual Wildlife Festival Will Feature Liberty The Bald Eagle, Hawks, Owls, And Mammals

Liberty the Bald Eagle will be on display at the Wildlife Festival. Photo by Kay Burkett

Liberty the Bald Eagle will be on display at the Wildlife Festival. Photo by Kay Burkett

The Montezuma Audubon Center’s 9th Annual Wildlife Festival in Savannah, NY on Saturday, May 2nd from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. will feature presentations, entertainment and activities to help birds in a changing climate. One of the festival highlights will be informative and entertaining animal presentations by Kindred Kingdoms Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, The Institute for Environmental Learning, and Wildlife Defenders. The featured birds of prey and large mammals represent some of the wildlife that glide over and roam across the Montezuma Wetlands Complex.

The Wildlife Defenders Program is a wildlife education outreach group run by the day program members of Bridges for Brain Injury Inc, all who are adult survivors of brain injuries or with other disabilities. Sharing live native species, the Wildlife Defenders visit schools, youth groups, nursing homes, community events, and veterans programs to present programs and displays. They share interesting facts about their animal ambassadors and encourage environmental and wildlife conservation awareness. This fun and engaging program will be from 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Kindred Kingdoms is a not-for-profit organization that was formed in 1997 by Jean and Len Soprano and is dedicated to the care and release of injured birds of prey and black bear in Central and Northern New York. The mission of Kindred Kingdoms is to provide the best medical treatment with the least amount of stress possible for the injured and orphaned wildlife that come to us in need of our help. Jean and Len and their birds of prey will be on display at the festival from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

For over two decades, Paul and Anne Schnell, of the Institute for Environmental Learning, have blended natural history topics with live birds of prey. The goal of their presentations is to elevate people’s awareness and most importantly encourage their participation in conservation efforts. Paul and Liberty the Bald Eagle are “regulars” at the New York Power Authority’s Wildlife Festival in Lewiston, NY each September since its inception in 1986, and at Braddock Bay Raptor Research’s Bird of Prey Days in April each year. In 1997, Liberty participated in the federal de-listing ceremony where she posed with then-Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt at the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge. The Schnell’s and Liberty return to the Wildlife Festival along with a peregrine falcon, red-shouldered hawk, red-tailed hawk, and Harris’ hawk for a presentation from 1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Following the indoor presentation, a limited number of tickets will be available for purchase to get a picture taken with Liberty the Bald Eagle.

In addition to the wildlife on display during these presentations, festivalgoers will have other opportunities to encounter wildlife during the Wildlife Festival. Guided canoe trips at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. led by New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) and National Wildlife Refuge Biologists will give paddlers an opportunity to watch wildlife such as osprey, cerulean warblers, Baltimore orioles, rose-breasted grosbeaks, great-blue herons and many more. NYSDEC Wildlife Biologists will also lead bird watching hikes at 10:45 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

The family friendly festival also includes kids games and crafts, a musical performance with Lydia Adams Davis and the Puppet Chorus!, artisan vendors, a native plant sale, a garlic mustard pulling contest, acoustic music from Tom Barnes, country music from Big Dog Country 103.5 FM, great food, ice cream, baked goods, conservation exhibitors and much more! Visit http://ny.audubon.org/montezuma for the entire Wildlife Festival schedule. The cost to attend the festival is $4/adult, $2/child 5 and older, FREE for children 4 and younger. For more information, call 315.365.3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org.

For information about Audubon’s climate change report and what you can do to help birds in a changing climate, visit http://climate.audubon.org.

Major support for the Wildlife Festival is provided by the Friends of the Montezuma Wetlands Complex and the National Audubon Society.


May 2, 2015
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Chris Lajewski


Montezuma Audubon Center
2295 State Rt. 89
Savannah, NY 13146 United States
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