Electrifying wild animals featured at OPG Visitor Centre, Aug. 18

A bobcat featured as part of the upcoming 'Wild for Wildlife' program at Cornwall's OPG Visitor Centre. Courtesy photo

CORNWALL — A fun-filled day awaits as the creatures living in Ontario watersheds come alive when the St. Lawrence River Institute ofEnvironmental Sciences and Ontario Power Generation celebrate the end of summer with some carnivorous, crafty, and cuddly creatures for the entire family with “Wild for Wildlife.” If it has fur, feather, or fins, it will be featured at OPG.

On Saturday, August 18, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., the OPG St. Lawrence Power Development Visitor Centre in Cornwall plays host to the unique critters from Speaking of Wildlife, a very special Education Centre that provides permanent sanctuary to non-releasable Ontario Wildlife.  Many of their animal residents have been orphaned, abandoned, injured or have been kept illegally as pets.  Unable to live in the wild as they should, these amazing creatures now make their home with Speaking of Wildlife.  They travel across the province with their human companions teaching audiences and provide a rare opportunity to see animals up close.

Along with the critters from Speaking of Wildlife, research team members will also be on hand from the River Institute’s FINS fish program, and special animal displays will be featured as well.  Education team event organizer from the River Institute, Jeff Filion says, “We have planned this event for everyone who is curious about Ontario wildlife.”  He adds, “Bringing in Speaking of Wildlife is a rare opportunity for all of us to see these amazing wild animals and birds up close.”

Family workshops are free of charge and the OPG Visitor Centre also offers displays and interactive exhibits that describe the St. Lawrence Seaway and Power Project construction story and its effects on the nearby communities.  Visitors can also learn and observe how OPG safely generates electricity at its nuclear, thermal and hydro generating stations located across Ontario.

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