We Stand For Wildlife

Cycle Adirondacks is proud to have the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) as t Conservation Partner for our weeklong tour – The Ultimate Cycling Vacation.

Global Conservation

WCS works across the globe to save wildlife and wild places using science, conservation action, education, and inspiring people to value nature. Since its inception in 1895, WCS has educated and inspired 400 million visitors across its five wildlife parks in New York City, including the Bronx Zoo, New York Aquarium, Central Park Zoo, Prospect Park Zoo, and Queens Zoo. Globally, WCS has active programs in over 60 countries and has helped establish and manage more than 100 protected areas and national parks. The Adirondack Program, based in Saranac Lake, NY is one of WCS’ priority global conservation programs.

Local Conservation

WCS’ conservation work in the Adirondacks began over 20 years ago in an effort to link wildlife, wilderness and local people. Similar to our efforts across the globe, we strive to find balance between the needs of our environment and the people who live in the Adirondacks. Using applied science and community-based conservation, our science staff looks to find solutions that are based on objective science and consider the needs of wildlife and people. We are based in Saranac Lake, NY and our staff partners with local and state agencies, other nonprofits, local community groups and citizen scientists to ensure that wildlife in the Adirondacks thrives. Some of our work includes:

  • Annual Adirondack Loon Census
  • Understanding Impacts of Climate Change
  • Minimizing Conflicts Between People & Black Bears
  • Private Land Stewardship
  • Ensuring Connected Habitats for Wildlife

Learn more at WCS.org.


WCS Cycle Adirondacks Science Program Schedule

Schroon Lake – August 20
BIKE-TO-HIKE: MT. SEVERENCE

This popular 2.4 mile roundtrip is a moderate hike and offers a narrow, but highly scenic view of Schroon Lake and the Pharaoh Lake Wilderness. This trip will be guided by WCS staff.
Departure: 2 p.m. by bike from Cycle Adirondacks Camp
Distance from Camp: 1.7 miles to trailhead
Pre-Registration Required: THIS PROGRAM IS FULL

ROUND-TABLE DISCUSSION

People, place, and economy of the Adirondacks. Why do rural places matter?
Join WCS volunteers for a presentation on the people, place, and economy of the Adirondacks! Find out why rural places matter and the challenges the people here face. Participants will receive a  brief overview of the subject, followed by a discussion where you’re encouraged to ask plenty of questions. Come learn about the amazing people that make the Adirondacks what they are!
Where: The round-table tent in camp.
When: 4:45pm – 5:30pm 

Conservation Canines Demonstration

Some of the most pressing conservation issues need to distinguish between multiple, concurrent pressures facing wildlife over a large geographic range. The Conservation Canines program addresses this need by combining the precision and efficiency of detection dogs to readily locate wildlife scat (feces) samples with the ability to extract a wide variety of genetic, physiological, toxicological and dietary indicators from these samples. These indicators enable us to ascertain species abundance, distribution, resource use, and physiological health all in relation to the environmental pressure(s) the species is encountering.
Where: Near round-table tent in camp
When: 5:30pm


Keene Valley – August 21
SOLAR ECLIPSE VIEWING

That’s right; this year’s tour coincides with a fantastic natural spectacle! Each rider will receive a free pair of viewing glasses, but WCS has set up an additional experience between 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. to see and learn about the eclipse. 
Where: Cycle Adirondacks Camp
When: Max eclipse at 2:40 p.m.

ROUND-TABLE DISCUSSION

Changes in the park’s animal fauna over the last century
Join WCS volunteers for a presentation on changes in the park’s animal fauna over the last century. Participants will receive a  brief overview of the subject, followed by a discussion where you’re encouraged to ask plenty of questions. Come learn about the fascinating creatures that inhabit the mountains and how they cope with change!
Where: The round-table tent in camp.
When: 4:45 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

August 22

GUIDED HIKE: ROOSTERCOMB

Views from the summit ledge and Valley View Ledge complete a 360 degree panorama of Mt. Marcy and the Johns Brook Valley plus Giant Mt. and the Ausable Valley. This is a strenuous five mile round trip hike. Adequate footwear and hiking experience is necessary. Hike will be guided by WCS and Nature Conservancy staff.
Departure: 2 p.m. walk from Cycle Adirondacks Camp
Distance from Camp: Trailhead starts at camp
Pre-Registration Required: THIS PROGRAM IS FULL

ROUND-TABLE DISCUSSION

Nature & human nature: our relationships and interactions.
Join WCS volunteers for a presentation on nature & human nature. Participants will receive a  brief overview of the subject, followed by a discussion where you’re encouraged to ask plenty of questions. Come learn about our relationships and interactions with nature, how they’ve changed over time, and our struggle to find sustainability.
Where: Cycle Adirondacks Camp
When: 4:45pm – 5:30pm


Saranac Lake – August 23
ROUND-TABLE DISCUSSION

Exurban development and land use issues
Join WCS volunteers for a presentation on exurban development and land use issues. 
Participants will receive a  brief overview of the subject, followed by a discussion where you’re encouraged to ask plenty of questions. Come learn about the struggle to keep the Adirondacks “forever wild” while also providing its communities opportunity to grow.
Where: The round-table tent in camp.
When: 4:45pm – 5:30pm

August 24
BOG WALK

Experience a guided tour of Bloomingdale Bog, located just outside Saranac Lake. There is very little elevation change on this hike, making it ideal for the entire family. Bloomingdale Bog is one of the largest bogs in the Adirondacks and it’s home to many species of wild birds like the very social gray jays who often steal food right out of your hand! The hike will be approximately 2 miles round trip. Sunblock and adequate shoes are required. 
Departure: 9:00am shuttle from Cycle Adirondacks Camp.
Distance from camp: 3.2 miles
Capacity: 12 people
Pre-Registration Required: Yes

GUIDED CANOE EXPERIENCE

Join Paul Smith’s College VIC Naturalists and WCS for a guided paddle on Barnum Pond via Barnum Brook. This two-hour program starts with a brief walk to the dock and includes at least one hour on the water. This is a great activity for both novice and experienced paddlers. The boat, life vest, and paddle are all provided.
Departure: 2 p.m. by van from Cycle Adirondacks Camp
Distance from camp: 13.5 miles

Pre-Registration Required: THIS PROGRAM IS FULL

ROUND-TABLE DISCUSSION

Boreal wildlife issues and impacts of climate change 
Join WCS volunteers for a presentation on boreal wildlife issues and impacts of climate change. Participants will receive a  brief overview of the subject, followed by a discussion where you’re encouraged to ask plenty of questions. Come learn why the Adirondacks are the southern limit of boreal species, and the reason they’re so threatened by climate change.
Where: The round-table tent in camp.
When: 4:45pm – 5:30pm

Activities Pre-Registration