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Check out our list of upcoming programs!

Click on the title of the program for more information and to sign up. Pre-registration is required for all events.

We hope to see you soon on a guided exploration of the Albany Pine Bush.

Science Lecture Series: Fungi of the Pine Bush
Thursday, September 17, 2015 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (9/17/2015 -> 7:00pm – 8:00pm) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

Join Dr. Thomas Horton, associate professor of mycology at the State University of New York School of Environmental Science and Forestry and a specialist on mycorrhizal fungi and their role in plant establishment. The evening lecture will draw on his studies from around the world that provide insight into what fungi are likely helping pitch pine restoration efforts at the Albany Pine Bush. Dr. Horton will also present results from students in his lab that are currently identifying what fungi are mycorrhizal with pitch pine seedlings from the Albany Pine Bush Preserve. Age 15+. Free!

Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission Board Meeting
Thursday, September 17, 2015 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (9/17/2015 -> 9:30am) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

Quarterly meeting of the Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission board. Open to the public.

Click here for an agenda.

Birds Take Flight
Saturday, September 19, 2015 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (9/19/2015 -> 7:30am – 9:30am) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

It’s that time of year when birds are on the move. Come along on an early morning adventure to observe some of the amazing birds here and see our science team in action as they capture and band birds!  They are working together to learn more about birds migrating through the Pine Bush. After a short outside observation period, an indoor hands-on presentation will take place. Indoor portion will occur rain or shine. This is a Hudson River Valley Ramble event. Ages 10+.

Brilliant and Bristly Buckmoths
Sunday, September 20, 2015 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (9/20/2015 -> 1:00pm – 2:30pm) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

Join us for a 0.9 mile walk to discover the amazing world of buckmoths.  The inland barrens buckmoth is a large beautiful moth with bold black and white wings that flies for only a brief window of time in the early fall.  A species of special concern in New York State, the buckmoth is uniquely dependent on the scrub oak that thrives in this sandy fire-dependent ecosystem. This is a Hudson River Valley Ramble event. Ages 6+.

Autumn Equinox: A Season of Change
Tuesday, September 22, 2015 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (9/22/2015 -> 6:30pm – 8:00pm) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

Equinox comes from the Latin words for “equal night.”  As autumn begins, the temperatures drop and daylight wanes further. Join us for a 0.9 mile hike to learn about the effects of this yearly change on the unique ecology of the Pine Bush. All ages.

Brilliant and Bristly Buckmoths
Saturday, September 26, 2015 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (9/26/2015 -> 1:00pm – 2:30pm) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

Join us for a 0.9 mile walk to discover the amazing world of buckmoths.  The inland barrens buckmoth is a large beautiful moth with bold black and white wings that flies for only a brief window of time in the early fall.  A species of special concern in New York State, the buckmoth is uniquely dependent on the scrub oak that thrives in this sandy fire-dependent ecosystem. This is a Hudson River Valley Ramble event. Ages 6+.

Discover the Pine Bush
Sunday, September 27, 2015 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (9/27/2015 -> 1:00pm – 2:00pm) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

An extraordinary journey into the Albany Pine Bush, the best remaining example in the world of an inland pine barrens. Our experts will guide you along this 0.9 mile hike over rolling sand dunes where you will discover Pine Bush natural history, seasonal surprises and transformations. This is a Hudson River Valley Ramble event. All ages.

First Friday Walk and Talk
Friday, October 2, 2015 @ Kings Road Barrens trailhead (#9) (10/2/2015 -> 12:00pm – 1:00pm) ( Albany NY 12205)

Take a break from your day and join us for a 1.2 mile hike at Kings Road Barrens. We will meet at the Kings Road trailhead (#9). Adults only.

Brilliant and Bristly Buckmoths
Saturday, October 3, 2015 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (10/3/2015 -> 11:00am – 12:30pm) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

Join us for a 0.9 mile walk to discover the amazing world of buckmoths.  The inland barrens buckmoth is a large beautiful moth with bold black and white wings that flies for only a brief window of time in the early fall.  A species of special concern in New York State, the buckmoth is uniquely dependent on the scrub oak that thrives in this sandy fire-dependent ecosystem. Ages 6+.

Prickly Porcupines
Sunday, October 4, 2015 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (10/4/2015 -> 1:00pm-2:30pm) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

Porcupines, also known as quill pigs are the only mammal in North America with quills and they live here in the Pine Bush. Join us for a talk and a walk to learn more about these interesting and elusive animals. We will walk approximately one mile. Ages 6+.

Neighborhood Walk: Blueberry Hill West (Trailhead #5)
Saturday, October 10, 2015 @ Blueberry Hill West trailhead (#5) (10/10/2015 -> 2:00pm-3:30pm) ( Albany NY 12205)

Join us for a neighborhood walk in the Blueberry Hill West region of the Preserve located adjacent to the Dunes neighborhood. We will hike 1.37 miles over rolling topography stopping along the way to explore the diversity of species that live in this region of the Preserve. We will meet at the Blueberry Hill West trailhead (#5). Ages 8+. Free!

Smokey Bear Day
Monday, October 12, 2015 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (10/12/2015 -> 10:00am-2:00pm) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

Drop in and meet Smokey Bear and friends at the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center! Learn from Smokey how the Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission uses prescribed fire to keep this habitat healthy. There will be prescribed fire equipment on hand for visitors to see and try out, a relay race for kids and Smokey goody bags for visitors to take home. All ages. Free!

Science Lecture Series: Birding while sound asleep – using audio recording to follow bird migration
Thursday, October 15, 2015 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (10/15/2015 -> 7:00pm – 8:00pm) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

Many birds migrate at night and call as they fly.  Beginning in 2014 the Albany Pine Bush Preserve joined two other sites in Albany County in a study of bird migration by acoustic monitoring.  Local birder and naturebits.org founder David Martin has been recording the birds’ calls to follow fall migration for over six years.  Join us this evening for a presentation of how acoustic monitoring works, what the data has taught us so far and learn how the Pine Bush stacks up next to some of his other sites. Ages 15+. Free!

 

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