WIlmington, N.Y. -Interested individuals are invited to Join Wildlife Conservation Society researcher Dr. Michale Glennon and a Wild Center naturalist for an interpretive hike that focuses on mountain habitats and birds along Whiteface Mountain Veterans' Memorial Highway and summit.
The excursion will stop along the way to look at the forest transition and check out the incredible views. At the summit, participants should be prepared for a short, 3/4 mile hike on rough, rocky ground. This is a great opportunity to study the alpine ecosystem, including rare alpine plants, as well as maybe see or hear the endangered Bicknell's thrush; a birding treat!
The group will meet in Wilmington and from there will carpool to the summit via the toll road. Please be prepared with sturdy walking shoes, binoculars/field guides, appropriate outdoor clothing (it can be cold up there!), bug spray, and water. Space is limited to 14 participants so please register soon. Whiteface Mountain Veterans Memorial Highway charges each person who drives up the toll road a $6.00 fee. The Wild Center does not charge for this program.
Since opening in 2006, The Wild Center has sought to look beyond its physical campus in Tupper Lake and views the entire 6 million acre Adirondack Park as part of its collection to understand and interpret. This outreach is best illustrated by the comprehensive Olympic Scenic Byway natural history exhibition on and surrounding Whiteface Mountain, opening on June 20th, 2013, developed by The Wild Center, in partnership with ANCA (Adirondack North Country Association), ORDA (Olympic Regional Development Authority), ASRC (Atmospheric Sciences Research Center) and other organizations. The exhibition, the highest in New York State, located on the Veterans Memorial Highway, Nature Trail, Summit Round House, Town of Wilmington and the Whiteface Ski Center explains the natural history of Whiteface Mountain and the Adirondacks, including geology, alpine flora and fauna, watersheds and weather research and patterns. The exhibition has multimedia components, including videos, spin browsers and 3-D models. Some elements of the exhibition will enhance the current alpine exhibit at The Wild Center.