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Sunday Science: The Wild Walk Project

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The Wild Walk is under construction at the Wild Center in Tupper Lake. It's designed to take people from the ground all the way up to the treetops of the Adirondacks.

Cat Viglienzoni spoke to Executive Director Stephanie Ratcliffe about the project.

Reporter: "So what are some of the highlights along here?"

Ratcliffe: "Well, as you first come onto the Wild Walk, there's going to be a part where you look at the bird life -- we're going to have all kinds of bird feeders, we're going to have something that talks a little bit about the squirrels and how they always try to get the bird food in your backyard and we're going to try to talk all about that. So you'll see some of the bird life, you'll continue up the walk and we'll have you start to look at the forest in different ways and you'll begin to understand about how the forest systems work and how trees begin as saplings and how they sometimes later die. And there's a part where you go over and you're in a double tree house."

Reporter: "Okay, like over there."

Ratcliffe: "And that's where we'll have more exhibits around the animals that live here. Who do you see -- the bats, the bears, how do animals hear in the forest. Then we take you by swinging bridge inside a tree snag. And inside a tree snag we talk about how we see these kind of what we think are dead trees in the woods and in fact they're not dead, they're teeming with life. Then you come back on the main Wild Walk through a swinging bridge and there's another place in which you come over and you're 30 feet up in the Wild Walk and you're actually in a giant spider web. Might be a little scary for people."

Reporter: "What if you're not a spider fan -- are there going to be any large spiders?"

Ratcliffe: "There is going to be one very large spider. It will be model."

Reporter: (laughs) "Oh well then that's okay."

Ratcliffe: "But you'll learn all about spiders and you'll have a chance to actually float in this giant spider web that's 30 feet above the forest and you'll see what it's like -- even what it's like for a squirrel or any other animal to kind-of be at that height in the forest and it will be a fun place to hang out."

Reporter: "So will that actually be a net?"

Ratcliffe: "It will be an open net. So that'll be fun."

Reporter: "Neat. And then the last -- it looks like a bird's nest over there."

Ratcliffe: "So at the very end of the Wild Walk your feet are about 42 feet above the forest, you'll be in a giant nest. This is the scale of an eagle's nest. And when you're in that eagle's nest, you're going to look out and see the Adirondack Mountains around you and you're going to see what a bird's eye view of the forest looks like."

The Wild Walk is a ramp so it will be accessible for wheelchairs and strollers. That $5.5 million project is expected to be completed in the summer of 2015.

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