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.