What’s new in your Pine Bush Preserve?

What’s new in your Pine Bush Preserve?
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February 2017
Pine Bush Post




Get connected to us for even more Pine Bush news and events!

Big news in the Pine Bush…

Save the Date!
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. Free! Pre-registration is required at www.AlbanyPineBush.org/events.

Get involved…

Annual Meeting:
Friends of the Pine Bush Community, Inc.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at 5:30pm. Even if you’re not a current member, please come join us to celebrate our successes and discuss activities for 2017. There will be a guest speaker presentation and light refreshments.


In our community…

Chat with Staff Hour

MARCH 15 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.

Go to www.AlbanyPineBush.org/eventsto RSVP.

Gardening with Native Plants
March 8 at 6:30pm

Join Sandra Zwink of Sandra Walck Garden Design for an evening program on gardening with native plants.  Learn how to reduce the amount of labor and resources necessary to maintain your home landscape while creating visual harmony with your surroundings and why it is crucially important to contribute to ecological stability.  We will cover design and maintenance tips as well as how and where to obtain native plants.  Bring photos and description of your habitat. Adults only. Pre-registration at www.AlbanyPineBush.org/events

Visit the Pine Bush…

February School Break
Pine Bush Scavenger Hunt
Weekdays February 20-24

Pre-registration is required. Go to www.AlbanyPineBush.org/events
Join us for a game of seek and find. See how many different items you can discover as we hike 0.9 miles over rolling sand dunes and learn about the unusual Pine Bush ecosystem along the way. All ages.
In 2014, the Albany Pine Bush was designated a National Natural Landmark by the U.S. Department of the Interior in recognition of outstanding  geological and biological features including the largest area of inland wind derived sand dunes in the eastern U.S.

Experience and learn about the sand dunes by visiting the newest special exhibit at the preserve to open in late January 2017.  The exhibit will feature hands on explorations of the sand, plants and animals that make the Pine Bush unique.  The exhibit will be available for public viewing from January 27th through mid-June 2017.  Visit our website www.AlbanyPineBush.org/events for times the exhibit will be open or give us a call at 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 www.AlbanyPineBush.org/events

Happening on the ground…

Trail closed for the winter for habitat restoration work.
Tree thinning work is scheduled to start Thursday, February 16, on 78 acres off of Old State Road. This is expected to take about a month to complete. Trees that were treated last summer and fall to prevent resprouting will be removed, opening the forest and allowing sunlight to get back to the previously shaded pine barrens plants in the understory.

During this time the purple trail from Madison Ave Pinelands (Trailhead # 7) all the way to Old State Road will be CLOSED to all use. Currently the purple trail is closed from trailhead #7 to the powerline. This additional work is extending the trail closure from the powerline to Old State Road.  The purple trail west of Old State Road will remain open.

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…

Are you interested in becoming a Wildland Firefighter? 
Contact Fire Management and GIS Specialist, Tyler Briggs by March 17th
for training and certification information.
Phone: 518-456-0655 x1225 or [email protected]

Our latest research…

Science Lecture Series: The Hydrological History of the Albany Pine Bush
March 16 at 6:30pm
The Albany Pine Bush has a rich geological history but, unknown to many, it also has an interesting hydrological history. From its formation after the last glacier 20,000 years ago to the last hundred years of development and urbanization, the way water exists and moves through the preserve has changed. Join us this evening with Dr. Rich Hisert of H2H Associates as he details the hydrological history of the Albany Pine Bush. Join us for snacks and discussion at 6:30pm, the lecture will begin at 7:00pm.  Ages 15+. Pre-registration is required.
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 www.AlbanyPineBush.org/events
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