CANASTOTA — The Great Swamp Conservancy will pay tribute to migratory birds that are preparing for their long journey as part of the organization’s 17th Annual Fall Migration Festival on Saturday, Sept. 15.
Among the attractions will be:
• Birds of Prey presentations will be offered by Page’s Wildlife Center, which will bring eight unreleasable raptors. Founder Cynthia Page has been rehabilitating wild animals for over 30 years, specializing in birds of prey. Her programs focus on predator-prey relationships, adaptations birds develop for their specific environments, and the role birds of prey have in the ecosystem.
• Artists, crafters, and various vendors will also be featured. Wanderers’ Rest, Utica Zoo Mobile, 7 Trees Goat Farm and a petting zoo will provide animals of all kinds and sizes. People can also visit the Wetland Creatures table, Year of the Heron booth, and the Madison County Health Department exhibit.
• Kids will be challenged at the Outdoor Rock Climbing Wall, and the Kid’s Fun Run.
• There will also be a butterfly tent that will be prepared to release butterflies in the afternoon.
The annual event is an important fundraiser that benefits the site’s conservation efforts. Admission is $4; and $1 for children 12 and under with an $8 maximum charge for families. For information, call 315-697-2950 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.