Penny and I visited the center this weekend and what an ADK gem it is. As you enter you will first encounter the wolves, amazing, and that’s where we met Mark Laske, a Wildlife Rehabber, Handler & Educator. He was in the pen playing with them. We had a Q & A about wolves. He came out of the pen and gave us the Grand Tour of the facility. As we walked down a well maintained trail through the woods we came upon Eagles, Falcons, All Types of amazing Owls, Crows and Wolves. All the animals were in various states of rehabilitation and being taken care of meticulously. They truly care about helping Wildlife.
Penny and I would like to thank Mark for an unforgettable tour and helping us understand why a place like this is needed and how gentle and professional they are with Wildlife. Also a big Thank You to all the Staff Members.
Admission is Free. A great way to spend a family day in the ADK.
The Wildlife Refuge is a 50-acre rehabilitation center on the western branch of the Ausable River. There is a one-mile educational nature trail; animal enclosures and a pet timber wolf. Run by Wendy and Steve Hall, the Halls are passionate about the environment and always willing to explain how plants and animals play a vital role in nature. Wendy holds Federal and State licenses in wildlife rehabilitation and education. The Wildlife Refuge continues to educate the public through presentations at schools and other organizations. There is usually an animal on site that has been brought to them to (at best) return to its natural environment. At the worse, they heal and use the injured animal during public educational demonstrations.
According to Steve Hall the main hope is that people will gain a better understanding of wildlife and how it fits into the ecosystem. He hopes that people will see that wildlife is an integral part of the natural world. The role wildlife plays is more beneficial to humans than we know. My children always enjoy seeing the timber wolf mascot, Cree while getting a chance to see the rehabilitating raptors that are waiting to be reintroduced back to nature. I am always full of questions about when it is best to call in the experts at the Rehabilitation Center and when it is best to leave nature alone.
Adirondack Wildlife, Inc. is a nonprofit rehabilitation and education organization dedicated to the following purposes.
- To rehabilitate and, whenever possible, to return to the wild, injured or otherwise disabled wildlife;
- To maintain refuge facilities for rehabilitated wildlife that cannot be released to the wild;
- To increase community appreciation and understanding of the natural world, the ecological roles of wildlife, the benefits of habitat preservation, how wildlife preservation assists with human activities such as agriculture, and how to safely interact with wildlife;
- To cooperate and assist with local, state and federal governmental bodies and agencies, as well as other not-for-profits and private individuals and businesses, in the preservation and rehabilitation of wildlife;
- To carry on any and all additional activities, incidental, related, or appropriate to the furtherance of the above purposes.
To accomplish our goals and conduct our rehabilitation and educational programs, we raise funds through donations, grants, and other public sources. Currently, our programs are being carried out through our contractor, Adirondack Wildlife Refuge and Rehabilitation Center. More information about the Refuge Center is available at www.AdirondackWildlife.org.
Adirondack Wildlife, Inc. is dedicated not only to protecting wildlife, but also to educating the public about the important ecological value of natural predators, including many who are feared by the public because of media sensationalism. For example, in our presentations, we describe how reintroduction of the wolf to Yellowstone National Park actually helped diverse species such as as trout, pronghorn antelope, beaver, and song birds by shifting local natural balances in ways that enable them to thrive.
Adirondack Wildlife, Inc. focuses not only on the animals it rehabilitates and shelters, but on their habitats and their benefits to human activities such as agriculture. One of our current initiatives is a collaboration with organic farmers to repopulate American farmlands with the barn owl, a far more efficient and ecologically benign predator than the rodenticides farmers use to indiscriminately kill rodents—and which also kill the natural predators that control them. In this way, Adirondack Wildlife, Inc. contributes not only to the health and well-being of wild animals, but also to the sustainability of human communities and the health of the environment.
Your contributions enable us to continue and expand this important work. In a time when it seems all we hear is news of the destruction of critical habitats and the extinction of individual species, it is inspiring to learn and get involved with one organization dedicated to reversing the trend. That is what we do, day in and day out. But we can’t do it without your help
With your support, we not only ensure the survival of individual animals; we also educate the public about the need to preserve our environment and the natural balance that sustains life in New York’s Adirondacks and all across our endangered planet. The child who understands the relationship between wolves and ravens, between barn owls and a healthy harvest, knows a truth that may save yet another important species – homo sapiens. The adult who understands the interconnectedness of all species and the web of life that supports us all is motivated to act in ways that will sustain life, not destroy it.
Thank you for your support of our work—and our vision.
Steve And Wendy
977 Springfield Road, Wilmington, NY 12997
Open 10 am to 4 pm, Thursday through Monday
Wolf Gathering Talk at 10 am daily
855-965-3626 914-772-5983 518-946-2428
Mark and Hanna.