Albany Pine Bush

April 2019
Pine Bush Post

Tick Season in the Northeast
Photo above: Deer tick questing on grass




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Big news in the Pine Bush…

Research Symposium
May 2 at 6:30PM, Suitable for adults

Join us for a special edition of our monthly Science Lecture Series. The evening will highlight many of the research projects conducted in the preserve by students, professors, and local scientists past and present. Researchers will present their findings through posters and attendees will have the opportunity to speak to researchers directly about their work. Visit to have some snacks while talking science and learn about the myriad of research projects being conducted in the Albany Pine Bush Preserve.

Free! Reservations required for all attendees (regardless of age).  Make reservations by calling 518-456-0655 or visit

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Get involved…

Patch Dynamics by Neil Gifford

Call for submissions!
Pine Bush Perspectives: A Juried Photo Exhibit

Did you capture a great shot of a butterfly, frame a gorgeous sunset or zoom into the gills of a mushroom? Each visitor views the Albany Pine Bush from a unique vantage point worthy of celebrating. Share your perspective by submitting photographs taken in the Albany Pine Bush Preserve to our juried exhibit by midnight, October 1, 2019.

Entrants may be any age or skill level (beginner, advanced or professional). Jurors will select a diversity of photographs to be included in the final exhibit. Juror-selected awards and one People’s Choice award will be given.

Click below to see the official rules and entry forms or stop by the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center, 195 New Karner Rd, Albany 518-456-0655

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In Our Community…

Rapp Road Historical Association 4th Annual Fundraiser at the Discovery Center
May 10, 2019 at 6PM

You are invited to attend the 4th annual fundraiser to benefit the Rapp Road Historical Association. This promises to be a great social and educational experience which will include a light fare and beverages, photo gallery and entertainment.
The Rapp Road Historical Association will honor Christopher Hawver, Executive Director of the Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission.

The Rapp Road Historic District (RRHD) is a cluster of 23 homes built by African Americans who migrated predominantly from Shubuta, Mississippi as part of the Great Migration (1927 to 1963). During this time span, 23 families chose to build their homes and raise a family in the Pine Bush section of Albany, New York. The southern style shotgun homes (front door and back door with rooms on right and left side) are unique to the Dutch Colonial and decidedly urban architecture of Albany. RRHD is on both the 2002 and 2003 national registries. Both acknowledgments are the result of the rich history associated with the homes and the families that built them on Rapp Road.

Presently, some of the homes are owned by the aging children or grandchildren of the original owners who built them. People who lived in the south and more specifically Shubuta, Mississippi who visit Rapp Road cannot believe the resemblance of where they once lived. RRHD is Albany’s only African American focused historic district and a part of the 3 percent of all National Register listings that celebrates African American heritage. This community is one of the only intact African American communities in which their descendants are living in dwellings constructed because of (by people who took part in the) the Great Migration.
Visit to learn more.

Donation of $35 with Reservation

Visit the Pine Bush…

Explore a National Natural Landmark! In July 2014, U.S. Secretary of the Interior, Sally Jewell, officially designated the Albany Pine Bush as a National Natural Landmark (NNL).

The Albany Pine Bush was selected because of its unique combination of outstanding geologic (sand dunes) and ecological (pitch pine – scrub oak barrens) features. The dunes found in the Pine Bush are the result of wind-moving sand that had accumulated in glacial Lake, Albany after the Wisconsin glacier melted 12,000 years ago. According to the National Park Service, which administers the NNL program, the Albany Pine Bush Preserve supports the largest field of inland parabolic sand dunes in the eastern United States.

Nature Journaling
April 24, 1PM

Suitable for ages 6-10, tweens, teens and adults
Come spend part of your day with us as we draw inspiration from nature and pause to observe life in the Pine Bush. We will combine drawing, scientific observation, poetry and more as we each record a visit to the Pine Bush in our own creative way. This is an outdoor program and will include a short hike of no more than one-half mile. Participants are welcome to bring their own materials, purchase journals at the start of the program, or use materials we will provide.

Fee: Free! Reservations required for all attendees (regardless of age). Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Make reservations by calling 518-456-0655 or visit

More Upcoming Public Programs & Special Events
Download our program booklet
Stop by the Discovery Center to pick up our catalog of programs and special events through June 2019.

They can also be found at the Albany Visitors Center and local libraries.

Click here to download a copy.

For more information about our classrooms, trails and other programs, visit the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center at 195 New Karner Road in Albany or call 518-456-0655.

Happening on the ground…

Tick Awareness
by Erin Kinal, Education Program Director

Please be aware that ticks, including deer ticks (also known as black-legged ticks), are present in the Albany Pine Bush Preserve as well as other natural areas in our region.

As stated on the NYS Department of Health’s website: Ticks can spread disease. Not all ticks can cause disease and not all bites will make you sick, but as these diseases become more common, it’s important to learn how to prevent a bite, how to remove a tick and what to do if you think you could have a tick-borne disease. Lyme disease is the most common disease spread by ticks in New York. However, there are other serious diseases spread by ticks including Powassan virus disease, a rare but often serious disease caused by a virus that is spread by the bite of infected ticks and was recently detected in ticks sampled in the Albany Pine Bush Preserve.

For more information on ticks, the diseases they carry, and tick bite prevention please visit:

It is recommended that all visitors to the Albany Pine Bush Preserve wear pants with long socks that can be pulled up over their pant legs and shirts that are tucked into the waistband.

Meet the Team…

Lauren Miller, Visitor Services Associate
What do you do at the Pine Bush?
I work at the front desk where I greet visitors to the Discovery Center and the preserve, answer questions, and give information about trails and programs. I like to learn as much as I can about the plants and animals at the Pine Bush; I love sharing this information with visitors! I look forward to meeting every visitor, and I’d love to answer your questions about plants and animals! I especially enjoy helping birders find great birding spots and identifying birds by their song.

Our latest research…

Science Lecture Series:
The Ecology of Tick-borne Diseases

April 26 at 6:30PM
Suitable for adults
The incidence of tick-borne diseases in the United States has been rising rapidly. In this talk, Dr. Keesing, Professor of Biology at Bard College, will describe the ecology of tick-borne diseases in the northeast, exploring how changes to our landscapes affect the abundance of ticks and also the probability that they’ll be carrying infections.
Integrating results from decades of research in the Hudson Valley, Dr. Keesing will explore the roles of predators, biodiversity, and other ecological factors in determining your risk of contracting a tick-borne illness. Dr. Keesing will also briefly describe the Tick Project, a new study testing whether environmental interventions can prevent cases of tick-borne illness.

Free! Reservations required for all attendees (regardless of age). Make reservations by calling 518-456-0655 or visit

Community Science: American Woodcock Survey Training
April 17 at 7pm, Suitable for adults

The American woodcock is one of the first birds back to the Albany Pine Bush in the spring, and it starts singing and displaying just as quickly. Unfortunately, this intriguing species has also been declining in number since the 1960s. For this reason, the American woodcock is a species of interest in the preserve and one we would like to monitor, but we need your help! Join us this evening to learn how you can become a community scientist and help us monitor American woodcock in the preserve.

This Training: We will learn about the American woodcock, an enigmatic woodland “shorebird” that has been declining in number since the 1960s, and how you can help us monitor them in the preserve.

The Survey: Between April 20th and May 15th, volunteers will conduct 5 surveys along APBP trails, listening for American woodcock displaying at dusk.

This opportunity is free! Reservation required for all attendees (regardless of age). Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Space is limited so please reserve your spot for community science opportunities at or call 518-456-0655. Be prepared to sign up to survey a site for us at a later date.

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