Adirondack Loon Center
Sharing our work: On July 16, 2016, the Adirondack Loon Center opened at 47 Main Street in Saranac Lake with great celebration and family-friendly activities. Since then, thousands of visitors have come from near and far to see the Center and learn about one of the Adirondacks most charismatic icons – the Common Loon. Our visitors have shared wonderful stories about their experiences with loons and the universal declaration is "I love loons!"
The Center provides office space for our staff and houses a gift shop focused on loon-related items, from comical rubber loons to beautiful artwork and jewelry by local Adirondack artisans. In 2017, we will be expanding the Center to host a variety of interactive museum-quality exhibits about loon natural history, conservation, and our research and outreach projects.
The Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation is sharing the storefront and office space with the new Adirondack Hamlets to Huts organization, resulting in a great synergy for both organizations based on our mutual knowledge and interests, and increasing our efficiency and cost-effectiveness.
This collaboration is helping to revitalize the historic Tousley Storage Building, which has deep roots in the Village of Saranac Lake. It was built in 1924, and originally used as a car garage and dealership. It was later converted into secure storage for furs, famous jewels, and valuable documents, and then used as the NYS Conservation Department’s district offices until 1953. The partnering organizations have worked with the building’s owners, Bill and Michael Madden, of Madden’s Transfer and Storage and Maddens Garage Towing & Recovery, to seek funding to renovate it, which will help preserve and beautify a significant downtown building that played an important role in the history of Saranac Lake.
The Adirondack Loon Center is successfully filling a unique niche as a “loony” store on Saranac Lake's Main Street, and also by sharing our wide science-based knowledge of Adirondack loons and lakes with all our visitors. Every day, we answer many questions about where to go and what to do while people are exploring the Adirondacks.
This dynamic new facility will enable the Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation to do more for Adirondack loon conservation by increasing opportunities to share our research, knowledge of loon ecology, and love of loons with Adirondack residents and visitors throughout the year.