A very special feature this year will be Kindred Kingdoms Wildlife Rehabilitation from Pennellville, NY. Wildlife rehabilitator, Jean Soprano, will bring her live birds of prey program to the Migration Festival from noon -2:00 pm, educating and entertaining the public. This not-for-profit organization is dedicated to the care and release of injured birds of prey and Black bears only. She works closely with DEC and wildlife biologist, working to save these injured species, providing the best conditions to allow the animals to heal on their 40 acre site. She shares an abundance of information and encourages preservation of habitat and wildlife. This live show is an experience for all ages.
Wood Creek Reptiles gives a very interactive, hands-on program that is exciting and informative. A "typical" show consists of up to 20 live reptiles which some may be touched or held by all present.
Artists, crafters, antiques, flea market items will be displayed and for sale. From nature art, bees wax candles, jams to jellies, Canastota Cut Glass, woodworking, native perennials, herbs, grasses, t-shirts, semi-precious gemstones, pendants, earrings, bracelets, hand blown glass, crystals, incense, lotions, cats and dogs will be found at the GSC!!! Wanderers’ Rest Humane Association will be present with pets for adoption and petting. If you would like unique handmade wares, locally made/grown in Madison County, this is the place to be.
There will be lots of baskets up for raffle with categories including kids’ basket, bird basket, men’s basket, lottery tree, gift certificates, wine baskets and more! There are also several special items being raffled, including a beautiful hand carved wooden art piece and a Canastota Cut Glass compote.
The chicken BBQ starts at 11 am until sold out, with a menu of 1/4 chicken, baked potato, baked beans, and dessert for $7/dinner, or 1/4 chicken may be purchased for $5. Purchase meal in main office building. Take outs are available or picnic under the trees. Special handicap parking will be available on the west Pine Ridge Road driveway entrance for the BBQ or Festival.
Another first time ever at this Festival is the Boy Scouts of America ROCK CLIMBING WALL. This added feature is free for our youth and will test their physical skills under the supervision of trained adult Boy Scout leaders. The migration wagon rides to the Overlook take place every hour on the hour looking for migrating birds that are resting and getting their fill of aquatic plants and fish for their long journey south. There are always fun nature activities with make n takes in the children's "Green Area", including vermiposting, play butterfly house, Bear Mountain Hollow and games. The Madison County Health Dept. will answer questions, provide handouts, update the public on diseases of the outdoors pertaining to our area from 1-4:00 pm. Fish Creek Atlantic Salmon Club will have an informational booth and display. Find the Quail medallion for a reward of $25 cash prize-rules will be given out at the membership table. Arrival of the baby Quail will be Sept. 23rd, not in time for the festival, but one may adopt a Quail and receive a Quail print with an adoption certificate by GSC vice president, Tom Lenweaver. By adopting a Quail you help the GSC defray purchase of this bird and feed. He is also a participating artist at the festival that drew this quail print and he will sign print if asked. The Swamp Snappers photography club will be selling their 2013 calendars, framed pictures and note cards at their tent, highlighting photos by club members. If you love nature, the outdoors, family oriented activities and food, then we invite you to join us at the Great Swamp Conservancy. A donation of $3/adult, $2 for members and $1 for children under 12 is requested. For info please call 315-697-2950 of email:firstname.lastname@example.org