Adirondack Wildlife Refuge weathers a storm

Since Steve and Wendy Hall purchased land in Wilmington to open a wildlife refuge, the couple from the Bronx have been community staples. Their property, Adirondack Wildlife Refuge, is open to the public for tours and educational programming.

At the end of 2019, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the state Department of Environmental Conservation denied Wendy’s renewal of permits to rehabilitate migratory birds. Wendy spoke with Adirondack Explorer about how she and her husband continue to work on their mission, while transitioning some of the rehabilitation work to others.

About Gwendolyn Craig

Gwen covers environmental policy in the Adirondacks. Contact her at (518) 524-2902 or You can also follow her on Twitter, @gwendolynnn1.

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  1. Lora says

    This action(s) by government agencies ruffles my feathers in a most irritating way. Akin to teaching to the core of students in a classroom, there are many times that those children who don’t stay in the lines when coloring are the ones that see things a bit differently than you or I. They are also the ones that ‘fall through the cracks’. Animals don’t have the support system that humans do. Help these animals, help with the paperwork and most of all, help the Halls.

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