Wildlife festival coming to city

A meeting this week at the Fredonia State incubator in the city will spotlight a fish and wildlife festival coming to Dunkirk right before summer.

During the Dunkirk Chamber of Commerce monthly meeting on Wednesday at 4 p.m., representatives from the Great Lakes Experience are scheduled to give a presentation on the festival that is planned for Memorial Park on June 15.

According to Great Lakes Experience organizers, the Dunkirk event will be “a sister festival to the one held in Buffalo, which has become one of the biggest events in the city. Since its beginning in 2001, the festival has grown from 300 participants to more than 3,200 people last year. In order to help bring this extremely successful community event to Dunkirk, the (Great Lakes Experience) is looking for corporations and local businesses to support the festival.”

Festival organizers have already received support from the Northern Chau-tauqua Community Founda-tion. They also plan to work with the city schools to educate area youth about the importance of environmental responsibility, safe boating and water recreation practices.

The Great Lakes Experience is a not-for-profit corporation formed in September 2002 by a small group of local residents from Erie and Niagara counties.

Headquartered in Am-herst, the organization works to support the mission of the Lower Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the only fisheries field office in New York State.

The office’s mission is to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, and plants and their habitats in the Lower Great Lakes region and its adjoining waterways.