Earth Day Celebrated With Exhibits In Watertown


Earth Day was officially celebrated last week, but for New York the fun continued Monday in Watertown.

An Earth Day commemoration at the State Office Building featured 20 exhibits including taxidermied wildlife.

But it was the live snake display from SUNY Potsdam that enthralled youngsters.

There was a corn snake and a black rat snake.

Exhibitors said there's a lot to learn from animals, whether they're alive or preserved.

"They can learn the importance of snakes as part of the ecosystem, that they're not dangerous wildlife and that they serve a purpose," said James Flaherty of SUNY Potsdam.

This was the state Department of Environmental Conservation's third annual Earth Day commemoration in Watertown.

The event was timed to take advantage of a day off from school that many kids were enjoying.

Friday, October 21, 2016
, Watertown, NY

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