LAKE PLACID - If you appreciate Adirondack wildlife, there's an event taking place in Wilmington that will answer the call of the wild within.
The 7th annual Adirondack Habitat Awareness Day takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 1 at the Adirondack Wildlife Refuge and Rehab Center located on Springfiled Road. There's no admission charge but donations will be accepted to help the organization, whose whose mission is to take in, rehabilitate and whenever possible, return to the wild, injured or otherwise disabled wildlife, according to its Facebook page.
Attendees will be able to learn about bears, cougars, moose, wolves, coywolves, fox, bobcat, eagles, owls, hawks and falcons.
File photo/Lora Bushy
One of the birds at the Ad’k Habitat.
The Refuge Center includes a one-mile educational hiking trail, which also serves as a public fishing access trail, and winds its way along the river and river sloughs, through forest and meadow. The center's enclosures for education birds include: red-tailed hawks, broad-winged hawks, rough-legged hawks, swainsons hawks, peregrine falcons, great horned owls, barred owls, screech owls, turkey vultures and ravens, according to the wildlife center's website, adirondackwildlife.org/.
This year, the keynote speaker is Sue Morse of "Keeping Track," who will discuss tracking, habitat and release. She has extensive experience with cougars, bear and other key predators.
Also on hand will be wildlife and habitat experts from Wolf Conservation Center, Wildlife Conservation Center, Eastern Coyote Research, Adirondack Raptor, Adirondack Wild, Important Bird Area, University of Buffalo Outdoor Pursuits with Tales of Alaskan Wildlife, and special guests, Prof. Curt Stager of Paul Smiths College and Dr. Dan Hall, a veterinary cardiologist, who together will explain hibernation and the effects of climate change on wildlife.
The event's lineup will be Dr. Michael Klemens with Dave Gibson and Dan Plumley of Adirondack Wild to discuss the status of the Park's wildland and wildlife habitat; Mark Manske of Adirondack Raptors to discuss raptor banding and release and yurt living; and Russ Crispell of the UB to discuss tales of Alaskan wildlife.
The Adirondack Wildlife Refuge and Rehab Center is operated by Steve and Wendy Hall. For more information, call 866-235-9655 or 855-wolfman.