Anne LaBastille: Trailblazer and Hell Raiser

The Kelly Adirondack Center and UCALL present:


Anne LaBastille: Trailblazer and Hell Raiser

with Leslie Surprenant


May 4, 2020

5:30 p.m. presentation, refreshments from 5:00 p.m.

venue to be determined

This event is free and open to the public.


Explore the life and legacy of Adirondack “Woodswoman,” author, and internationally recognized conservationist, Anne LaBastille, PhD.  This biographical slideshow tribute by Anne’s longtime friend and estate executor, Leslie Surprenant, weaves together the story of the exceptional life of this trailblazer. It features many unpublished photos from throughout Anne’s life and a collection of Anne’s personal belongings, photographs, books, and articles for viewing.


LaBastille was among the first to sound the alarm about the devastating impacts of acid rain in the Adirondacks, first to research the flightless Lake Atitlan Grebe of Guatemala and document ecological conditions for new parks in Latin America and the Amazon Basin. She authored 15 books, over 150 popular articles and 25 scientific articles. Her pioneering work in wildlife ecology in the U.S. and Latin America earned international recognition including the World Wildlife Fund Gold Medal for Conservation, the Explorers Club Citation of Merit, and Society of Women Geographers Gold Medal. Her life and legacy continue to inspire and support new generations of conservationists and authors.

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