There are many unsung heroes that make the Adirondacks special. And we are happy to give a shout out to Wendy and Steve Hall, of Wilmington, who have turned their 60 acres of property into a natural habitat for injured or sick wild animals needing rehabilitation.
The couple have spent countless hours constructing pens and cages serving as temporary housing.
It’s known as the Adirondack Wildlife Refuge Rehabilitation and Education Center. And you can meet both of these remarkable individuals tonight, (July 29, 2016) at the July East Shore Schroon Lake Association’s member meeting.
The couple will be talking about how the health of our lake affects birds of prey. More from ESSLA:
“Bald Eagles, once on the endangered species list, are making a resurgence. In fact, there have been regular sightings of them here on Schroon Lake. Bald Eagles primarily prey on fish, in addition to small mammals, waterfowl and carrion.
Why are Birds of Prey so important? The presence of raptors (eagles, hawks, falcons, ospreys and owls) serves as a barometer of ecological health. Birds of prey are predators at the top of the food chain. Because pesticides, drought and habitat loss have the most dramatic impact on top predators, they are referred to as indicator species. The raptors also play an important ecological role by controlling populations of rodents and other small mammals.”
So come on out and meet Wendy, Steve and their raptor "ambassadors" at7:30 pm at the Horicon Town Hall Community Center, Brant Lake. Donations to the Adirondack Wildlife Refuge will be welcome.