Thursday, August 30, 2012

Wildlife Refuge’s Adirondack Habitat Awareness Day Sunday

On Sunday, September 2, the public is invited to the Fifth Annual Adirondack Habitat Awareness Day at the Adirondack Wildlife Refuge & Rehabilitation Center, in Wilmington.

Visitors can meet timber wolves, coywolf, coyote, fox, and bobcat, up close, along with bald eagle, owls, hawks, osprey and falcons. Naturalists will show how wildlife interact with each other and with the natural environment. The event starts at 11 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m. There is no admission charge, although donations are welcome. 

Professor Kurt Sager, author of “Deep Future”, will speak about climate change, and its effects on plant and animal species. Dr. Nina Schoch of the BioDiversity Research Institute’s Center for Adirondack Loon Conservation, will explain how indicator species, such as loons, help us measure the health of our environment. Dave Gibson of Adirondack Wild will review the state of the Adirondack Park. Dr. Daniel Hall will talk about cardiac health in your pets, and mammals generally. Important Bird Area will speak about critical bird habitat. Andy Joachim, Steve Hall and Alex Hall will be on hand to discuss wolves, bear and moose, and Mark Manske of Adirondack Raptor will close out the afternoon, by demonstrating raptor banding, and helping us release a barred owl. Representatives from Audubon Society, Ausable River Association, North Country Wild Care, The Wild Center and others, will also be present to share their knowledge.

Steve and Wendy Hall own and operate the Adirondack Wildlife Refuge & Rehabilitation Center under state and federal permits for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education. They are able to help injured creatures with the help of community donations. Wendy feels it is important to offer residents and visitors the opportunity to learn about the wildlife that shares our habitat. “I want to create an awareness of indicator species, and an understanding of what a wonderful benefit they are to us, in our efforts to read the health of our environment.”

What do the Adirondack loon and the bald eagle tell us about the effects of pollutants and poisons in our environment? What are keystone predators and trophic cascades? What controls stinging insects like mosquitoes? What’s the number-one cause of the decline of songbirds? How did the reintroduction of wolves to Yellowstone help trout and beaver? Why are we overrun with deer, while some other useful species teeter on the brink of extinction? How do honeybees help feed the world, and why are their numbers in decline?

Adirondack Wildlife Refuge & Rehabilitation Center is located at 977 Springfield Road in Wilmington. For more information, contact Wendy Hall at 855-965-3626, or go to

Photo by Jesse Gigandet.

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