Get back to nature at Fall Migration Festival

Published Sep 10, 2017 at 9:00am

CANASTOTA — The Great Swamp Conservancy, 8375 N. Main St., is marking its 20th year with the Fall Migration Festival Saturday, Sept. 16 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is $3 per adult, $1 for children under 12 and a maximum cost of $8 per family.

“We are all about conservation and nature, so we figured it would be appropriate to feature the migration event to celebrate our 20th anniversary,” Assistant to the Executive Director Rusty Patane said.

The festival will feature wildlife lectures, vendors and a number of interactive activities for adults and children. These include art displays and other activities, including a tree identification contest, specially designed for children. Chittenango-based music group Mangus and the Big Easy Duo will provide music throughout the day.

“Mangus is a hard-working music group that likes to have fun, and Liz Friedel of the Big Easy Duo is a popular fiddler who enjoys making music,” Patane said.

Wildlife educator Jennifer Clark will host the “Out of the Cage” pet mobile from noon until 1 p.m.

A send wildlife educator, Jean Soprano, will speak on the habits and characteristics of predatory birds in her program “Kindred Kingdom” from 1-2 p.m. She will include a number of birds, including owls and hawks, in her presentation.

“Jean is very informed about these birds. She’s an educator, not just an entertainer,” Patane said.

At noon the conservancy will hold a milkweed release. Milkweeds are a source of food to the Monarch butterfly. “Every Monarch deserves its own milkweed,” Patane said. “Monarch butterflies are not yet an endangered species, but they are facing a number of challenges to their environment when they return from migrating in Mexico where their numbers are down.”