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 is an award-winning journalist covering environmental policy for the Explorer since January 2020. She also takes photos and videos for the Explorer's magazine and website. She is a current member of the Legislative Correspondents Association of New York. Gwen has worked at various news outlets since 2015. Prior to moving to upstate New York, she worked for a D.C. Metro-area public relations firm, producing digital content for clients including the World Health Organization, the Low Income Investment Fund and Rights and Resources Initiative. She has a master's degree in journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. She has bachelor's degrees in English and journalism, with a concentration in ecology and evolutionary biology, from the University of Connecticut. Gwen is also a part-time figure skating coach. Contact her at (518) 524-2902 or Sign up for Gwen’s newsletter here.

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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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