Albany Pine Bush Upcoming Programs – Spring 2015

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.

Migration Celebration
Saturday, May 2, 2015 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (5/2/2015 -> 10:00am – 3:00pm) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

Join us for our annual celebration of International Migratory Bird Day and the amazing journeys of migratory birds. This family friendly day includes an early morning bird walk lead by bird experts, observation of our science staff banding birds, a guest speaker, live bird of prey program, bird crafts, migration obstacle course, and much more. Registration for specific events is required. All ages.

Lecture: “The Passenger Pigeon: Icon of Extinction”
Saturday, May 2, 2015 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (5/2/2015 -> 11:00am – 12:00pm) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

One hundred years ago, on September 1st 1914, the world’s last Passenger Pigeon died in captivity at the Cincinnati Zoo marking the demise of a species that once numbered in the billions of birds. What were Passenger Pigeons, and what happened to cause their extinction? Ages 12+

Live Bird of Prey Program
Saturday, May 2, 2015 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (5/2/2015 -> 1:30pm – 2:30pm) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

Join us for a live bird of prey presentation by Trish Markie from the Wildlife Institute of Eastern New York. All ages.

Early Morning Bird Walk
Saturday, May 2, 2015 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (5/2/2015 -> 7:30am – 9:30am) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

Bring your binoculars and join us for an early morning bird walk with local experts. On the walk, you will stop by and visit Albany Pine Bush science staff banding birds. Ages 10+

Discover the Pine Bush
Sunday, May 3, 2015 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (5/3/2015 -> 1:00pm – 2:30pm) (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 through this 0.9 mile hike over rolling sand dunes where you will discover Pine Bush natural history, seasonal surprises and transformations. All ages.

Whip-poor-will
Monday, May 4, 2015 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (5/4/2015 -> 8:00pm – 10:30pm) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

What’s a Whip-poor-will? A nocturnal bird that is classified in the family of Nightjars. Join in on the fun as we record as many whip-poor-wills as we can hear in the Pine Bush. We will meet at the Discovery Center for a short indoor presentation and then divide into groups to head out into the preserve. We will caravan to different trailheads. Participants must provide their own transportation. We plan to walk about one mile. Ages 14+

Spring Bird Walk
Saturday, May 9, 2015 @ Albany Pine Bush Preserve (5/9/2015 -> 8:00am – 9:00am) (Meet at the Hunger Kill Barrens trailhead (#10) located on DiBella Drive. NY 12205)

Grab your binoculars and join us for a morning bird walk along the Hunger Kill Barrens (trailhead #10) blue loop trail.  We will hike the full 0.6 mile loop. Please meet at the Hunger Kill Barrens trailhead located at the end of DiBella Drive.  Ages 8+.

Aerial Acrobats
Sunday, May 10, 2015 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (5/10/2015 -> 1:00pm – 2:30pm) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

Hawks and owls are year-round residents. Learn why the Pine Bush is an important habitat for these birds of prey. Come join us for an informative program about these remarkable creatures. Discover how they hunt, their unique calls, and distinctive characteristics. There will be a short indoor presentation followed by an approximately one-mile hike. Binoculars provided.  Ages 7+

Lupine Fest: A Pine Bush Block Party
Saturday, May 16, 2015 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (5/16/2015 -> 11:00am – 5:00pm) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

Join your neighbors at a celebration of the Capital Region’s globally rare, nationally significant, and locally distinct Albany Pine Bush. The festival honors the beautiful lupine wildflower and its importance to the conservation of several endangered butterflies. A fun day of music, games, crafts, snacks and more will reveal what a unique and special place it is!

 

 

Mothmania!
Thursday, May 21, 2015 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (5/21/2015 -> 8:30pm – 10:30pm) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

Who’s awake and flying at night? Moths! Help us observe and document the moths and other nocturnal insects within the preserve in this citizen science project. No prior training needed. You can stay as long as you would like between the hours of 8:30 and 10:30 p.m. with our naturalists. Ages 14+

Family Karner Blue Butterfly Walk
Friday, May 22, 2015 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (5/22/2015 -> 11:00am – 12:00pm) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

Don’t miss this chance to join Albany Pine Bush staff on a 0.9 mile hike in the Pine Bush Preserve to see the rare Karner blue butterfly.  Once common in the glacial Lake Albany sand belt, the Karner blue has plummeted in numbers over the past 40 years and is now listed as a federally endangered species.  Come learn about the natural history of the Karner blue and what efforts are underway to rescue this species from the brink of extinction. All ages

Lupine Walk
Saturday, May 23, 2015 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (5/23/2015 -> 10:00am – 11:30am) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

Join us for an approximately one and a half- mile hike over rolling terrain to observe the wild blue lupine, a beautiful wildflower that is critical for the survival of the endangered Karner blue butterfly. We will meet at the Discovery Center, then drive to the Madison Avenue Pinelands trailhead (trailhead #7) where we will start our hike. Participants must provide their own transportation. Ages 6+

Terrific Turtles
Sunday, May 24, 2015 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (5/24/2015 -> 1:00pm – 3:00pm) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

Have you ever seen a turtle in the Pine Bush? They’re here! In this program, we will learn what kinds of turtles live in the Pine Bush, where they live, and how they survive. We will start our program indoors with a live turtle presentation and continue outside for a hike into turtle habitat. We will be hiking approximately one-mile over rolling terrain. All ages

Family Hike
Monday, May 25, 2015 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (5/25/2015 -> 1:00pm – 2:00pm) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

Join us for an approximately one mile hike over rolling terrain and enjoy the beauty of the Pine Bush. All ages

Certified Seed Collectors volunteer training
Tuesday, May 26, 2015 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (5/26/2015 -> 7pm-9pm) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

The Albany Pine Bush (APB) Certified Seed Collector is an important and greatly appreciated volunteer position, essential to maintaining the integrity of the Albany Pine Bush Preserve as a unique natural area.  The APB Certified Seed Collector helps to facilitate restoration of our globally rare ecosystem by by scouting for native seed patches throughout the Albany Pine Bush Preserve, collecting ripe native seed, and leading volunteers on weekend seed collecting trips.  In order to become a Certified Seed Collector, volunteers must complete a minimum of 7 hours of classroom and in the field training. Attendance at all training sessions is mandatory, training Sessions will be held at the following times: Tuesday May 26 from 7pm-9pm; Thursday, May 28 from 7pm-9pm; and Saturday, May 30 from 9am-12pm. The three evening sessions will be indoors, the Saturday morning session will be outdoors rain or shine, so please dress appropriately. We will meet for all training sessions at the Pine Bush Discovery Center located at 195 New Karner Road, Albany, NY 12205

 

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