@AlbanyPineBush October events

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.

Meet the Oaks
Sunday, October 16, 2016 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (10/16/2016 -> 1:00pm – 3:00pm ) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

Oaks are one of the most common types of woody plants in the Albany Pine Bush. Join us as we explore the varieties of oak that grow in this inland pine barrens and investigate their differences and similarities. We will be hiking 2.6 miles, over rolling terrain, through barrens and woodlands. Ages 15+.

SUBMIT YOUR PINE BUSH PHOTOS!
Tuesday, October 18, 2016 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (7/1/2016, 10/18/2016) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

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 October 18, 2016.

Science Lecture Series – Lessons Learned from Bird Banding in the Albany Pine Bush Preserve
Thursday, October 20, 2016 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (10/20/2016 -> 7:00pm – 8:00pm ) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

The Albany Pine Bush Preserve is home to 63 species of greatest conservation need and of those, 42 are birds. The rarity of species that call this place home along with the high quality habitat and diversity of bird species that breed here have earned the Preserve designations as both an Audubon Important Birding Area and a NYS-DEC Bird Conservation Area. To learn more about our birds and bird communities, the Conservation Science Team has been banding birds in the Preserve for over eight years through target-netting of Prairie Warblers, banding during fall migration and participation in a continent-wide banding effort during breeding season. Field Ecologist, Amanda Dillon, will present this evening on what we’ve learned so far and what we hope to learn in the future. Ages 15+. Free!

Public Hearing: Draft Management Plan
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (10/25/2016 -> 7:00pm – 9:00pm) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

The Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission released its Draft Management Plan Update for public review and comment on October 4, 2016. A public hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, October 25, 2016 from 7:00-9:00pm, at the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center, 195 New Karner Road, Albany, NY to gather public comment on this document.

Sensory Night Hike
Friday, October 28, 2016 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (10/28/2016 -> 6:30pm – 8:00pm) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

It’s that time of year when we associate with dark and spooky things. On this multi-sensory tour of the Pine Bush after sun-down, we will explore nocturnal adaptations through hands on activities. Participants will walk away with a new found appreciation for the nocturnal world. We will hike 0.9 miles. Ages 6+.

Cunning Coyotes
Saturday, October 29, 2016 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (10/29/2016 -> 11:00am -12:30pm) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

Did you ever hear a coyote howl? Do you wonder where they are going or what they might be doing? Come find answers to these questions and more at the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center. We will start inside with a short talk about the history and biology of the eastern coyote then hike 0.9 mile in the Preserve as we pause for coyote signs and explore the habitat of one of the smartest, most elusive animals in the Pine Bush. Ages 6+.

Spectacular Spiders
Sunday, October 30, 2016 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (10/30/2016 -> 1:00pm – 2:30pm ) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

Spiders are feared by many but are actually an important part of our ecosystem. Are you already a fan? Or just a little bit afraid? Come learn more about these crawling creatures in the Pine Bush and join us for a 0.9 mile walk and discussion as we explore what makes spiders special. All ages.

Owls and Hors d’oeuvres
Wednesday, November 2, 2016 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (11/2/2016 -> 5:00pm-7:00pm) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

Love is in the air! No, it’s not Valentine’s Day yet. The breeding season for barred owls, great-horned owls and screech owls, all residents of the Albany Pine Bush, is approaching. As the breeding season begins you are likely to hear the calls of male owls as they defend their territory. Come join us for this 1.4 mile night hike and learn about the habits of these nocturnal birds and listen for their calls. Meet us at the Discovery Center and enjoy some snacks while we give an indoor presentation. We will then caravan over to the Blueberry Hill West trailhead (#5) for our hike. Participants are responsible for providing their own transportation. Adults only.

Friday Walk and Talk
Friday, November 4, 2016 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (11/4/2016 -> 12:00pm-1:00pm) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

Take a break from your day and join us for a one-hour hike along the trails of the Karner Barrens East. We will meet in the Discovery Center. Adults only. Free!

Prickly Porcupines
Saturday, November 5, 2016 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (11/5/2016 -> 10:30am-12:00pm) (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+.

Fox Trot
Sunday, November 6, 2016 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (11/6/2016 -> 1:00pm-2:30pm) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

Join us for a short inside presentation on the two species of fox that live here in the Pine Bush. We will then continue outside for a 0.9 mile hike to look for signs that they are out and about around the trails. All ages.

Animal Armor
Friday, November 11, 2016 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (11/11/2016 -> 1:00pm-2:30pm) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

How do you protect yourself in the event of danger? Many animals of the Pine Bush have very unique ways of protecting themselves from predators. Join us for a brief indoor presentation and craft followed by a short hike to look for evidence these animals may leave behind. We plan to walk approximately one-half mile.

Families with children 10 and under.

Oh Deer!
Saturday, November 12, 2016 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (11/12/2016 -> 11:00am-12:30pm) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

Would you like to learn more about white-tailed deer in the Albany Pine Bush? Come and join us for an afternoon program on the largest mammal in the Pine Bush. We will start inside with a short introduction to deer anatomy and behavior and then continue outside for a 0.9 mile hike looking for signs of deer in their habitat. Ages 6+.

Full Moon Hike
Monday, November 14, 2016 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (11/14/2016 -> 5:30pm-7:00pm) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

Enjoy the Pine Bush at night with an hour long hike under the full moon. We will plan to walk 0.9 miles over rolling topography stopping intermittently for night vision and sound observations. Ages 6+.

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