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Witness the magic of spring at the Albany Pine Bush Preserve’s 14th annual Lupine Fest. Fields of violet Lupine flowers and fluttering Karner Blue butterflies set the stage for visitors to explore and support the Albany Pine Bush Preserve and its partners. Visitors can enjoy nature walks, hands on activities with community partners, music, games, crafts, food, vendors and more! All ages. Free!
All parking will be at 302 Washington Ave. Extension. Shuttle bus provided. On-site parking for people with disabilities only. No pets allowed at this event.
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Pine Bush Big Birding Day JUNE 8 – 9 Join us for our second annual Pine Bush Big Birding Day! Teams will register and bird together for 24 hours from 7:00pm Friday to 7:00pm Saturday, trying to observe as many bird species as possible. Each team will be self-guided and participants must provide their own transportation. We will kick off the event Friday evening at 6:00pm and then we’ll get back together for a closing ceremony on Saturday evening at 7:00pm. All ages are welcome to participate but all teams must have at least one member who can identify birds! Please be advised, this citizen science program is weather-dependent and may require last-minute rescheduling. Free!
Chat with Staff Hour JUNE 28 at 7PM Would you like to find out more about the 3,300 acre preserve that you live next to? We’d like to meet our neighbors and hear your questions, ideas and thoughts on any aspect of living next door to us. Enjoy a cup of coffee and chat with our staff during this quarterly hour-long gathering. Sign up by calling 518-456-0655 or www.AlbanyPineBush.org/events
Visit the Pine Bush…
Karner blue butterfly walks! MAY 19 & 20 Don’t miss this chance to join us on a 0.9-mile hike to see the 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 our efforts to rescue this species from the brink of extinction. Ages 6+. Registration required.
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…
Spring planting Wild blue lupine plants, the exclusive food source for the Karner blue butterfly caterpillar, are pushing their way up through the thawed sand as the month of May progresses. Over the past 20 years, hundreds of preserve acres have been planted with lupine. The Karner blue butterflies have responded, their numbers going higher each year. This spring another fifteen acres of lupine are being planted with a machine called a seed drill. The drill places the lupine seeds at the right depth and then covers the seeds with sand. Moisture, heat and sunlight do the rest, resulting in seedlings, mature plants and finally the production of flowers and seeds. Lupine plants are perennial and can live for many years under the right conditions. Look for blooming lupine flowers along the trails during the months of May and June.
Meet the Team…
Jazmin Thomas Visitor Services Associate What do you do at the Pine Bush? I work the front desk at the Pine Bush Discovery center! Some of my duties include: opening and closing the Discovery center, greeting visitors, answering visitor questions, stocking maps/other informative materials, answering the phone, taking care of turtles, and helping out the education staff.
Our latest research…
Citizen Science: Bumble Bee Watch MAY 6 at 1PM Bumble bees, 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 today 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. Please be advised, this citizen science program is weather-dependent and may require last-minute rescheduling. Ages 8+. Free! Registration is required.
Science Lecture Series: Science in the Albany Pine Bush Preserve MAY 17 at 6:30PM The Albany Pine Bush Preserve contains 76 wildlife Species of Greatest Conservation Need, several rare wetlands, and the best remaining global example of an inland pitch pine-scrub oak barrens; a globally rare, fire-dependent ecological community. Our staff and its academic partners use a variety of scientific disciplines (ecology, ornithology, botany, entomology, soils science, glacial geomorphology, hydrology, mammalogy and sociology) to meet the mandate for creating and managing a preserve consistent with NYS Environmental Conservation Law Article 46. Please join us for an evening lecture with Conservation Director Neil Gifford as he describes the science we use to understand what we need to do to restore a fully functional pine barrens and how we know if our conservation work is not only successful, but also understood and supported by the surrounding human community. Join us for snacks and discussion at 6:30pm, the lecture will begin at 7:00pm. Ages 15+. Free!