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Family-friendly Wildlife Festivals

Wildlife Rehabilitator Jean Soprano treated us to a close encounter with this female Barred Owl at our studios on Saturday morning (look at the owl's size!)

World Migratory Bird Day comes up next month, but some area wildlife refuges are not waiting until then to celebrate.

Montezuma Audubon Center holds its Wildlife Festival next Saturday, May 5th. Center Director Chris Lajewski says the 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. family-friendly celebration will include nature-based magic shows, a rock wall for climbing, indoor- and outdoor nature activities, and live birds of prey, mammal, reptile and amphibian presentations. Wildlife Rehabilitator Jean Soprano brought a Barred Owl to our studios this morning and gave some insight on these rarely seen birds.

The festival, which also includes food trucks and live music, has $5/person, $20/family admission. Info: ny.audubon.org/montezuma

Great Swamp Conservancy in Canastota also celebrates its Migration Festival next Saturday & Sunday, with Westy's Birds of Prey, spinning demonstration and lots of guided nature walks and rides (including on horseback, weather permitting), Zip lines, and wildlife artists and crafters. $4/adults, $10/family. Info: greatswampconservancy.org

Derby Hill Bird Observatory's Migration Festival, in Mexico, is Saturday May 12th , 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. Info: onondagaaudubon.com/bird-festival-2/

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