Montezuma Audubon Center’s Annual Wildlife Festival will Showcase Live Birds of Prey

The Montezuma Audubon Center’s 6th Annual Wildlife Festival in Savannah, NY on  May 5 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. will celebrate Important Bird Areas with activities for all ages. One of the festival highlights will be informative and entertaining presentations by Friends with Feathers and of The Institute for Environmental Learning. These owls, hawks, and bald eagle are just some of the birds that glide over the Montezuma Wetlands Complex.

Bald Eagle
<p>Bald Eagle courtesy Paul Schnell</p>

Ron Walker, Friends with Feathers program presenter, has an extensive wildlife education background. He taught high school biology for 30 years and has been a scout leader and nature interpreter for more than 25 years, helping students of all ages to understand their natural environment. Mr. Walker has brought his birds to the Montezuma Audubon Center for numerous educational programs in the past and is sure to please the Wildlife Festival audience.

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 Mr. and Mrs. Schnell’s 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 where everyone will have a chance to get a picture taken with the world famous Liberty.

The family friendly festival schedule also includes kids games and activities, puppet shows and sing a-longs, Dan the Snake Man programs, guided nature walks and canoeing excursions, a garlic mustard pull contest, acoustic music from Tom Barnes and Chuck & Paul, delicious food, local vendors, a native plant sale, wildlife exhibitors and much more! The cost to attend the festival is $3/adult, $1/school-aged child, FREE for children 4 and younger. For more information, call 315.365.3588, visit or e-mail [email protected] Top sponsors of the Wildlife Festival this year include Seneca Meadows and CHA Consulting, Inc.

The Montezuma Audubon Center is located at 2295 State Route 89 in Savannah, NY, approximately 1.5 miles north of the Hamlet of Savannah.

Now in its second century, Audubon is dedicated to protecting birds and other wildlife and the habitat that supports them. Our national network of community-based nature centers and chapters, scientific and educational programs, and advocacy on behalf of areas sustaining important bird populations, engage millions of people of all ages and backgrounds in conservation.

The Montezuma Audubon Center is a State-owned facility operated through a cooperative agreement between the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the National Audubon Society.

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