Lake Ontario Bird Festival, 1999. Photo courtesy Oswego County Department of Promotion and Tourism
Lake Ontario Bird Festival
This annual festival began in 1997, following a
1996 study by The Nature Conservancy that documented the importance
of Lake Ontario's eastern shoreline to migratory songbirds and
hawks that traditionally frequent the area. The festival, sponsored
by the National Audubon Society of New York, attracts people from
outside New York from New England, the Mid-Atlantic states, and
Among the festival's most popular events are its live
bird programs, which educate visitors about bald eagles and several
species of hawks and owls. The 2000 festival featured Dr. Steve
Kress, who initiated restoration of puffins on the coast of Maine.
He spoke about landscaping to attract birds. Information displays
educate visitors on bluebirds, birding at New York State's Tug
Hill, the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge, wildlife
rehabilitation, and bird song identification.
Documentation includes one photo and a flyer.
Originally submitted by: Charles E. Schumer, Senator.
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