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The Wildlife Conservation Society Adirondack Program promotes wildlife conservation and healthy communities in the Adirondacks through applied research, community partnerships, and public outreach. The Adirondack Program is one of more than 500 projects of the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) worldwide. WCS saves wildlife and wild places, through science, global conservation, education and the management of the world’s largest system of urban wildlife parks, led by the flagship Bronx Zoo.
In 1994, The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) established the Adirondack Program in response to a need for a balance between environmental quality and community well-being. WCS’ guiding philosophy is that these are compatible and mutually-enforcing goals. WCS applies a cooperative, science- and information- based approach to the conservation of the Adirondacks and its wildlife. We generate, disseminate, and apply science to achieve conservation outcomes, working with a broad array of partners, including local municipal leaders, economic development groups, NGOs, land and wildlife managers, recreational interest groups, and state agency staff. We engage directly with community leaders on sustainable economic development and planning projects to benefit people and wildlife and to build support for conservation in the region. We focus on providing important and objective information to guide management decisions and advance regional conversations.
Some of WCS’ Current Projects Include:
Adirondack Loon Conservation – Since 2001, WCS has been engaged in research and education efforts to ensure theconservation of the Common loon in the Adirondacks. We hold the Adirondack Annual Loon Census each July tremendous volunteer support from committed census observers.
Boreal Birds in the Adirondacks – At risk under a changing climate, the boreal bird species of the Adirondacks and the unique lands that they inhabit have not been well-understood until recently. WCS is engaged in research to understand the distribution and abundance of these species, in order to provide information to improve management for these species and habitats.
Climate Change in the Adirondacks – One of the primary threats to the Adirondack ecosystem and its wildlife, climate change is at the top of most lists of conservation challenges. WCS is providing information on the impact of climate change on the region, and the opportunities that we have to guard against climate change and its impacts.
Community-Based Conservation in the Adirondacks – In a park with more than 100 towns and villages, the needs of people and the priorities for conservation exist side by side. WCS believes that prosperous communities and wildlife conservation are mutually reinforcing, and develops projects to advance these goals in tandem.
Forest Health and Forest Issues – This research project is focused on more fully understanding the health and
ecology of Adirondack forests to inform conservation practices.
Two Countries, One Forest: Connectivity in the Northern Appalachians – Together with a network of partners, WCS is maintaining and enhancing habitat connectivity in the Northern Appalachian ecoregion, from New York State’s Tug Hill region, through the Adirondacks, parts of Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine, and northward to include Maritime Canada and parts of Quebec.
Wildlife Connectivity in the Adirondacks – In order to protect unbroken forests and the species that depend on them, WCS is addressing the threat of habitat fragmentation from low density residential development through research, tools for planners, and community outreach.
Show your support for Adirondack wildlife!
Make a donation to WCS’ Adirondack Program. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
To Learn More about WCS’s work in the Adirondacks, please go to www.wcsadirondacks.org.
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