GSC’s annual Spring Migration Festival May 1


CANASTOTA — People are invited to come join the spring migration celebration, Sunday, May 1, with the return of migratory birds at the Great Swamp Conservancy, 8375 N. Main St.

The festival will feature environmental and conservation exhibits and activities for all ages from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Professional wildlife artists and crafters will display and sell their wares.

Participants can take a guided bird walk at 10:30 a.m. with bird enthusiast and Master Naturalist, Steve Kinne, by meeting in the driveway in front of the office building (wear boots). The Utica Zoo will attend the festivities with several of its animals from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Visitors can meet Mark Manske from 1 to 3 p.m. He is the owner of Adirondack Raptors, and his educational birds offer a rare opportunity for visitors to get up close and personal with birds of prey. Manske is a retired teacher, an adjunct professor at Paul Smiths College, and author of many bird children’s books that will be available to purchase.

Also participating in this year’s event will be:

The New York State Bluebird Society;

Onondaga Audubon;

The Canastota Public Library Seed Exchange;

The Great Swamp Conservancy’s Natural Garden booth;

The Madison County Solid Waste Department;

Wanderers’ Rest;

Habitat Gardening of CNY;

Fish Creek Atlantic Salmon Club;

Trout Unlimited; and

The CNY Tick and Lyme Alliance.

New this year are “Eco Talks” to be held in the one-room school house. Guest speakers will give 15 to 30 minute environmental talks that are informative/educational. Scheduled at 11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. come and learn how to make bees wax paper to take the place of using saran/plastic wrap by Paula Kraft. All about honey bees will be presented at 1-1:30 p.m. by Ken Boyce and at 1:45 p.m. Steve Kinne will tell you how to become a Master Naturalist.

Syracuse Sammy Music Award winner for 2022, Sydney Irving and the Mojo will be on the GSC stage from noon to 2 p.m. performing great tunes. Children’s nature games and crafts will be available along a wetland creature’s area.

A chicken BBQ will start at 11 a.m. and continue until meals are gone. The Lady Bug Café will offer a variety of fast foods. Admission is $4 adults and $1. The event is a major fundraiser for the GSC and its conservation efforts. For more info email: or call 315-697-2950.


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