Bird Encounters: In the Lean-to in the Great Hall, visitors can experience a bird encounter with the Wild Centers resident kestrel, owls, and other birds. A staff naturalist will discuss the many complex and interesting aspects of how these birds adapt to their environment and the fascinating and specialized tools they have developed over time to find food and survive.
All Things Birds series: A series of presentations in the Flammer Theater offering the newest views into the world of birds including first-hand reports on the ivory-billed woodpecker search, the latest news from one of the nations foremost loon research projects, and presentations by researchers on the status and natural history of some of the rarer birds of the Adirondacks. Be a Bird: Interactive hands-on gameswill let you get into the minds of various birds. Try to match a woodpecker excavating a nest, or try to win the food game, or use an amazing new technology to get a bird to listen to your bird song.
Bird Film: The Flammer Panoramas Theater will showcase an award winning bird film. Guided Bird Hikes: The museum will supply visiting avian enthusiasts with guides to the best places nearby to observe the more rare birds of the region. Wild Center naturalists will also lead special area tours for birders and anyone interested in learning more about the variety of birds that live in the Adirondacks.
The Wild Center sits on a 31-acre trail-filled campus that includes access to a rare river oxbow marsh, a pond and open fields and woodlands. The site is adjacent to significant boreal bird areas, and near protected bicknells thrush and spruce grouse breeding grounds.
The Wild Center is a new kind of natural history museum that mixes the indoor and outdoors, live and digital, in unusual ways. There are waterfalls inside, and exhibit labels in the woods outside. Hiking trails outside the Wild Center are like museum exhibit halls, except they are in the forest, with labels that trained staff can change daily. Live otters mix with the splashing cascade of falling water from a trout-filled stream. Films from field scientists doing research in the Adirondacks showcase the world that surrounds the Museum. For additional information visit www.wildcenter.org or call (518) 359-7800.