#AlbanyPineBush in November 2016

Fall in the Pine Bush

November 2016
Pine Bush Post




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Big news in the Pine Bush…

Would you like to contribute to the future of your local National Natural Landmark?

We’ve released our Draft Management Plan Update for public review and comment.You can participate by providing written comments via email to [email protected] or standard mail to Management Plan, Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission, 195 New Karner Road, Albany, NY 12205. The comment period of the Draft Management Plan Update ends at the close of business November 25, 2016. The Draft Management Plan Update is available for public review at public offices and libraries around the Capital Region. A list of these locations is available by calling the Commission (518-456-0655) or from its website at www.albanypinebush.org/commission/management_plans.

Get involved…

Friend’s Land Campaign Challenged Again!

This year’s donations in combination with those from the fall Boscov’s shopping pass fundraiser surpassed a goal of $3,000.  An anonymous donor matched the goal with an additional $3,000.  These funds will benefit the Friends Land Protection Campaign.

But wait! The anonymous donor was so impressed with the generous response from members that the donor has challenged the Friends again – “raise another $1,000 and I’ll double that!”

So the match challenge continues with a potential for realizing $8,000 overall to help protect and dedicate additional land to the Albany Pine Bush Preserve.

The Friends is partnering with the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy to protect important Pine Bush lands when opportunities arise. The campaign’s focus is to protect properties that landowners are interested in donating to the Preserve and will cover various fees and expenses. These properties are important for connecting areas that allow wildlife movement about the Preserve.

To make a donation, click the button below or mail your donation to Friends of the Pine Bush Community, 195 New Karner Road, Albany, NY 12205 and please specify your gift to the Land Protection Fund.

Remember, contributions are matched dollar-for-dollar doubling the impact of your gift! 


In our community…

Join the Rapp Road Historical Association for their second annual fundraiser at the Discovery Center.
This fundraiser to help preserve homes on Rapp Road includes Hors d’oeuvres, appetizers and beverages. Activities will include displays of Rapp Road historic memorabilia, music by Azzaam Hameed and Annette Harris and a screening of Crossroads: The History of Rapp Road. Rooted in the deep south of Shubuta, Mississippi in the late 1920s, this short documentary shares the the history and legacy of a church community’s journey north to find freedom and a better way of life for their children in Albany’s Pine Bush on Rapp Road. Presented by the Rapp Road Historical Association, the Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission and the NYS Museum.
Click here to read a story in the Times Union about Mycroft Sowizral of Colonie, who has many New York State iconic tattoos, including the Karner blue butterfly.
Congratulations to Tech Valley High School students who produced the winning design for a new patch that will be worn on the uniforms of firefighters from Albany Fire Department Pine Bush Station, covering the Washington Avenue Extension region.
Many of the proposed designs contained images of the Pine Bush. Click here to read more about it on the Times Union website.

Visit the Pine Bush…

Pine Bush Perspectives – December 2 at 5pm 

In past years, we’ve witnessed the amazing talent and vision of the Capital District through exceptional images of the Pine Bush Preserve.

Through the reflection in a hognose snake’s eye, Jenny Murtaugh dazzled us with her intimate view of this iconic snake.
Our youngest participant, at age 9, graced us with a silhouetted pitch pine canopy, truly embracing a child’s perspective of the grandiose natural world.
Jason Matheron brought us a photograph dramatically lit, casting long shadows over the tufts of a milkweed tussock moth caterpillar.
Join us for the unveiling of this year’s exhibit, where you will likely stumble upon new and awe inspiring views of the preserve. The opening is December 2nd 5-7 pm. The evening will give you the opportunity to casually browse the photographs, eat some light snacks and congratulate the photographers in our juror selected awards ceremony.
NOVEMBER 26 at 11am
Looking for a way to work off those yummy holiday treats?
Our “waddle walk” is a fun way to get outside for some fresh air and vigorous exercise. We will hike 2.6 miles over rolling terrain through the Karner Barrens East region of the Albany Pine Bush, taking breaks along the way for rest and water (if needed). If there is snow, we will snowshoe 0.9 miles! Snowshoes will be provided to program participants. Ages 8+.
Pre-registration is required at www.AlbanyPineBush.org/events.
Fee: $3.00/person, $5.00/family.
Public Programs. Our booklet that contains listings of public programs offered at the Pine Bush from July – December 2016 is available. Stop by the Discovery Center to pick one up and attend one of the upcoming public programs at the preserve! You can still see all of our programs online too at www.AlbanyPineBush.org/events

Happening on the ground…

Trail closed for the winter for habitat restoration work.
All of Blueberry Hill East, Trailhead #4, and most of the yellow trail loop will be CLOSED until the spring of 2017. Sixty acres of invasive black locust trees will be removed during this time in preparation for wildlife habitat restoration planting. For your own safety do not enter this area and please visit any of the other 20 miles of trails throughout the Preserve.

Please visit www.AlbanyPineBush.org/conservation/current-activities-and-temporary-trail-closures regularly for updates on exact trail closure dates.

If you have any questions about this or any other land management in the preserve please contact our Stewardship Director, Joel Hecht at [email protected] or 456-0655 x1213.

Our expert staff…

Executive Director, Chris Hawver talks about the Pine Bush on Colonie’s public television channel.

Our latest research…

Northern saw-whet owls. Field Ecologist and Entomologist, Amanda Dillon had several successful evenings netting and banding Northern saw-whet owls. We used four nets and an audio lure to capture them. We promptly band, age, and sex each one before it is released. We’re investigating how these animals may utilize pitch pine-scrub oak barrens and forest habitat during migration.
Science Lecture Series
Pitch Pine Scrub Oak Barrens Restoration and Management 101
Thursday November 17, 2016, 7pm- 8pm

Pre-registration is required for all events. Visit www.AlbanyPineBush.org/events or call 518-456-0655 to sign up.

Managing globally rare pitch pine scrub oak barrens and habitat for 69 wildlife species of greatest conservation need after nearly a century of fire suppression is an incredibly complex undertaking. In his presentation, Conservation Director Neil Gifford will review the techniques being used by the Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission to meet its goal of restoring a healthy barrens. He will also explain some of the research we conduct to determine if our methods are working. Ages 15+. Free!

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