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April 2017
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Big news in the Pine Bush…

APRIL 22, 9am-Noon

Come celebrate Earth Day by volunteering on a conservation project in the Pine Bush. A variety of activities suitable for all ages will be taking place. All equipment will be provided. Please dress appropriately for the weather and outside working conditions and bring drinking water. Lunch will be provided for all volunteers. All ages and groups are welcome. Free!
Pre-registration is required at

Get involved…

Volunteers needed for Lupine Fest! 
We would not be able to pull off Lupine Fest without the help of many volunteers. If you would like to lend a hand on May 20 please contact Ericka Small at 518-456-0655 x1217 or [email protected]
Volunteers needed:
Certified Seed Collectors

Training begins May 30, 2017. The APB Certified Seed Collector scouts for native seed patches throughout the Albany Pine Bush Preserve, collecting ripe native seed, and leading volunteers on weekend seed collecting trips. No previous experience required.

In our community…

Roadside Trash Clean-up

Please join us for a little spring cleaning in the Pine Bush!
We’ll be doing roadside trash clean-up. Bags and protective vests will be provided.
Meet at the Discovery Center at 9:00am and then we’ll caravan over to Albany Street.
Ages 13+. Minors must be accompanied by an adult.
Preregistration is required.

Visit the Pine Bush…

April school break week.
We will be offering programs at the Discovery Center during the upcoming school break April 17-21. The programs will feature guided discovery hikes and exploration into the worlds of turtles and pond life. Programs are $3 per person/$5 per family. Pre-registration is required. For more information and to sign up for any of these programs, please visit or call 518-456-0655.
Public Programs. Our booklet that contains listings of public programs offered at the Pine Bush from January – June 2017 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

Happening on the ground…

Prescribed fire.
We are preparing 400+ acres for fire in 2017. Prescribed fires will only be conducted when weather conditions meet high standards of suitability and safety. Therefore, we cannot provide a specific schedule for when fires will occur.We’re conducting a short survey regarding our prescribed fire program. We value your input and your time. Please visit to complete the survey and help us improve our program.

If you would like to be notified when we conduct prescribed fires, please contact us at 518-456-0655, ext 1220. You will be added to our notification list. We also post information on each day that we burn.

Our expert staff…

Join our team at the Discovery Center!  The Visitor Services Associate plays an important role as the first point of contact for much of the public’s interaction with us. The full job description is located here:
Shift: Every Saturday 9:30-4:30 and 1.5 hour monthly meeting.
Apply by sending a resume, cover letter and 3 references to Ms. Blake Hastie-Etchison [email protected]
Field season wrap-up.
The 2016 field season has come to a close with an enormous amount accomplished by staff including seasonals. A new trail was created linking the Great Dune to Madison Avenue, boundaries were posted on five parcels that had been unmarked, invasive species were treated along 15 miles of preserve trail edges and over 25 acres of interior lands, trails were maintained, record amounts of seed collected, and property and equipment maintained. A special shout out to all who helped make this field season an outstanding success!Invasive species conference at Cornell.
Preserve Steward and Botanist Jesse Hoffman attended the annual Invasive Species In-Service Conference in Ithaca, NY. The conference is an opportunity for those active in the NYS invasive species community to share successes, talk about new threats, get updates on the latest research, and build partnerships.

Our latest research…

Citizen Science: American Woodcock Training Session
April 13 at 7pm
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 Citizen Scientist and help us monitor American Woodcock in the preserve. Ages 15+. Free! Pre-registration is required at
Science Lecture Series:
Science Symposium

April 20 at 6:30pm
Join us for a special edition of our monthly Science Lecture Series. This evening will highlight many research projects conducted in the preserve through our very first Science Symposium. Visit to have some snacks and talk science with some of our researchers past and present. Ages 15+. Free! Pre-registration is required.
Rare Bumble bees in Pine Bush. 
While identifying bee specimens from the New York State Museum, Field Ecologist and Entomologist Amanda Dillon came across some rare bumble bees collected in the Albany Pine Bush Preserve. Ashton’s cuckoo bumble bee (Bombus ashtoni) is a parasite on other rare bumble bees, most notably, the Rusty-patched bumble bee (Bombus affinis) which was recently listed as a federally endangered species by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. These species as well as three others, the Yellow-banded bumble bee (Bombus terricola), the Yellow bumble bee (Bombus fervidus) and the American bumblebee (Bombus pensylvanicus), are all designated as High Priority Species of Greatest Conservation Need (SGCN) in New York State. All five species have been recorded in the Preserve since 1980 bringing our list of SGCN in the Preserve up to 75.
Citizen Science: Bumble Bee Watch
APRIL 23 at 1PM
For the first time in history, bees have been added to the United States Endangered Species list. Bumblebees, like many other bees, have been experiencing range and abundance declines due to pesticide use, spread of diseases by commercial pollinators, habitat destruction and climate change. Measuring that decline is difficult to do on a large scale, which is where you come in! Join us as we hike approximately one mile to look for bumblebees in the preserve and learn how you can participate in Bumble Bee Watch, a collaborative effort to track and conserve North America’s bumble bees. Ages 8+. Free! Pre-registration is required. Click here to sign up!
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