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Big news in the Pine Bush…
We will host our eleventh Lupine Fest on Saturday, May 20, 2017 from 10AM to 4PM at the Discovery Center. This year the festival honors the diverse wildlife of the Albany Pine Bush as well as the wild blue lupine flower and its importance to the conservation of several rare butterflies. Visitors will experience a celebration of our local wildlife through live animal shows, wildlife workshops and nature walks. All are invited to come discover the animals that call the Albany Pine Bush home through hands-on activities with community partners, music with the Whipper Snappers and B95.5, games, crafts, vendors, and more!
Please note: Parking for Lupine Fest is at 302 Washington Avenue Ext. with shuttle rides to and from the parking area. Follow the PARKING signs. On-site handicap parking available.
Support the Pine Bush with Amazon Smile The Friends of the Pine Bush Community is a registered participant in the AmazonSmile program, where Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of eligible smile amazon.com purchases to charities selected by customers. Amazon customers can generate donations for the Friends when they shop.You can set up your unique Friends’ link by clicking here. You’ll arrive at smile.amazon.com and automatically be asked if you want to support Friends of the Pine Bush Community Inc. Answers to your questions are on that page and when you are ready there is a “Start Shopping” button. Please bookmark this Friends link and always start your online shopping at smile.amazon.com!
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.
You may have seen a recent article in the Times Union about our restoration work. 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. The next meeting is June 22 at 7pm. Click here to read the full TU article.
Karner Blue Butterfly Walks May 27, 29 and June 4 Don’t miss this chance to join our staff 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. All ages. 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 www.AlbanyPineBush.org/events or call 518-456-0655.
National Natural Landmark Exhibit. This temporary exhibit highlights our National Natural Landmark (NNL) designation. Stop by the Discovery Center during normal business hours to explore the NNL exhibit. The highlight is an augmented reality display that projects topographic lines and color gradations onto a sandbox. As the sand is moved into dunes, the projection changes to reflect the new elevations, giving visitors a hands-on way to understand dune topography. This exhibit will be open through the summer of 2017.
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 www.AlbanyPineBush.org/events
Happening on the ground…
Current Activities and Temporary Trail Closures The Albany Pine Bush Preserve is a natural area requiring a variety of restoration and maintenance management activities to improve and maintain the health of the inland pine barrens. Examples of management activities requiring trail/area closure include vegetation mowing, tree removal, prescribed fire, herbicide application, trail work and invasive plant removal activities.Because these activities can be potentially dangerous the public is not allowed into these Preserve areas while management is occurring. Preserve trails or areas may be closed for several days, weeks or even months depending on the scope of the management project. Closed signs along the trails and at trailheads will provide additional location details.
Click here for a list of preserve management activities occurring or planned to occur within the next 12 months and their locations. We would ask that preserve visitors plan their visit with these activities and closures in mind and, for your own safety and visitor experience, please obey the area closed signs that are placed on the trails and at trailheads.
We appreciate your understanding as we conduct essential natural habitat restoration and encourage you to visit our other trail opportunities.
Visit our website regularly for updates on exact trail closure dates.
Our expert staff…
Meet our new Seasonal Environmental Educator. We welcome Matt Rung to the Education staff. Matt began his position as Seasonal Environmental Educator in February and will continue through August. After graduating from SUNY Brockport in 2011 Matt has gained over five years’ experience in outdoor education working mostly in North Carolina, Tennessee, and Kentucky, as well as western New York. Some of his responsibilities have already included teaching our Help A Habitat program, observing evening programming, helping with Lupine Festival planning and animal care. We look forward to working with Matt over the coming months.
Our latest research…
Citizen Science: iMap Invasives May 24 at 6pm Invasive plants are one of the biggest threats to the Albany Pine Bush Preserve. These sometimes non-native, aggressive plants can outcompete our native plants and change the ecosystem entirely, from an open pine barrens to a closed canopy forest.
Documenting the spread of invasive species is the first step in managing and controlling them. This evening, learn how to join our citizen science community by participating in iMap Invasives, a tool to identify and document the spread of invasive species. If you have a smart device please bring it with you. Ages 15+. Free!
Science Lecture Series: Is it working? Using wildlife surveys to monitor the effectiveness of restoration efforts. May 18 at 6:30pm Restoring a former mobile home park to native habitat is hard work and it doesn’t end when the structures are removed and appropriate vegetation is planted. The real success occurs when the wildlife respond. With the latest expansion of the Albany Rapp Road Waste Management Facility, comes the restoration of 250 acres to Albany Pine Bush Preserve habitat. Join us this evening for a lecture from Michael McGraw, Wildlife Biologist/Ecologist with Applied Ecological Services, as he details the results of wildlife surveys in the restoration area. Join us for snacks and discussion at 6:30pm, the lecture will begin at 7:00pm. Ages 15+. Free! Pre-registration is required.