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BLUE BOMBER VOICES: Wolves aren’t the only animals that run in a pack

December 8, 2016
By LPCS staff , Lake Placid News

As a conclusion to our unit in ecology, our pack of eighth graders took an early morning trip to the Adirondack Wildlife Refuge and Rehabilitation Center in Wilmington.

The morning couldn't have been more beautiful to drive from Lake Placid to Wilmington, passing the snow-covered Whiteface Mountain and driving under a bright blue sunny sky. Our students were excited and eager to find what lay in store for them.

Upon arrival, we were greeted by Steve Hall, one of the original founders of the refuge. Steve introduced us to three wolves who make their home in an enormous natural enclosure where they have plenty of room to roam and to wander while being kept safe from hunters and the dangers of the road. Steve provided us with a wealth of interesting, relevant information that tied together lessons learned in class. This amazing walking encyclopedia of information, answering unlimited questions and even posing a few of his own.

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Lake Placid middle school students visit the Adirondack Wildlife Refuge and Rehabilitation Center in Wilmington.
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We were hoping to hear the wolves howl but they seemed too content relaxing in the sunshine and observing all of us. A few of the students asked if they could run around the outer perimeter of the circular enclosure to see what the wolves might do. No sooner did Steve say yes the students were off and running. The wolves excited about the chase, ran along the inside of the enclosure providing some excitement. How many of us can say we've run with a pack of wolves?

Next stop ... the coyotes. These beautiful creatures are a must see. These eager and friendly furry friends were rescued when their mom was killed by a passing car.

In order to get to the main part of the rehab you will have the choice of three different trails. Make sure you have sturdy shoes because these rough wilderness trails taking through the woods. If you are lucky you might hike the path that passes by a Mongolian yurt.

At the end of the trail your senses come to life with sounds and smells of a vast array of Adirondack wildlife: eagles, owls, hawks,bobcats, foxes, porcupines, vultures, ravens, rabbits, even a possum and many, many more. The students were able to take a self guided tour with the support of fun facts from the many volunteers that support this place.

The wildlife refuge is an amazing facility that educates communities about the wonderful animals in the Adirondacks. The knowledge and care these animal enthusiast possess is evident. Each of the students truly enjoyed the trip and have plans to return in the spring and help in any capacity they are able.

We are so appreciative that Steve, and the interns took the time to make our students feel valued, answering each and every question they had. The Wildlife Refuge is such a short distance from Lake Placid, and a treasure beyond treasures. I strongly advise anyone who hasn't made the trip to the refuge to do so. You will be glad you did.

No cost is necessary, yet donations are deeply appreciated ... so anyone can come and learn about the valuable resource of the natural wildlife and how it is so vitally important to the balance of our wonderful Adirondack Park and world as a whole. The folks who invest their time and energy at the refuge are deeply passionate about what they do and they are eager to share that passion with anyone who will listen.

Ms. Boslet's eighth grade class sincerely thanks the Adirondack Wildlife Refuge and Rehabilitation Center in Wilmington for absolutely everything that they do and for taking the time to share it with us.

 
 

 

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