Alice the Moose's Journey
A2A's animal inspiration is a 700-pound female moose that was collared and released into the Huntington Wildlife Forest, a research facility overseen by the SUNY ESF Adirondack Ecological Center in New York's Adirondack Park, in 1998. "Alice," as she was named by her researcher-guardians, also travelled for two years, leaving her home park in 2000 and heading for the Canada-U.S. border. That spring, she became a Canadian citizen when she swam across the St. Lawrence River (and walked across Ontario's four-lane Hwy. 401). By winter, Alice had crossed into Algonquin Provincial Park, completing a journey that spanned 570 km and an international border. Her remains were found in 2001, in Algonquin's eastern end; she died of unknown causes. Like many creatures before her, Alice demonstrated the need for connected pathways for wildlife to roam.
By walking A2A, Alice proved how critical this linkage could be to migrating wildlife — and called us to action in protecting and restoring it, so other roaming wildlife might follow in her footsteps.
Learn more about connectivity and wildlife corridors.
Learn more about the projects we're working on with our partners and landowners to restore connectivity to A2A, and get involved.
Account of Alice's journey that appeared in a SUNY-ESF newsletter, in fall/winter 2001.
Map of Alice's Journey