What’s new in your Pine Bush Preserve?

What’s new in your Pine Bush Preserve?
View this email in your browser
The Morning After by Marisa Geraghty

December 2016
Pine Bush Post




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

Big news in the Pine Bush…

Give the gift of FRIENDship this holiday season!

Donate to the Ticket To Ride program, Land Protection Campaign
or give the gift of a Friends Membership. 

Get involved…

You’re invited!

We’re seeking a refreshed vision for the grounds of our one-of-a-kind Discovery Center.  We’d like input from a diversity of patrons who are familiar with the Albany Pine Bush Preserve and the Discovery Center.

In 2007 the Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission opened the Discovery Center to the public with a mission to provide an educational destination with direct access to the Preserve. At the Discovery Center, visitors learn about the Pine Bush’s globally rare ecology as well as the human role in conservation management. The exhibit area extends from the interior gallery onto the outside grounds and along the Discovery Trail.

After 9 years of operation, we’re looking forward to transforming the property to its next level of success. Please help us in formulating this strategy, by attending a short charrette (collaborative community focus group). Bring your experience, ideas and excitement to the table and help your local Preserve flourish!

WHEN: Tuesday January, 17th, 5:30 pm – 7pm
WHERE: Discovery Center, 195 New Karner Road, Albany, NY 12205
RSVP: to Ericka Small by January 10th
Refreshments will be provided.
If you’re not available on this date please send your comments to Ericka at [email protected] or give her a call at 518-456-0655 x1217


In our community…

Pine Bush Perspectives
Open Now through Feb 28 

This year’s Pine Bush Perspectives Photo Exhibit will knock your socks off! Don’t miss this extraordinary exhibit and your chance to see our local photographic talent and some of the most unique perspectives of the Albany Pine Bush Preserve. The Pine Bush Perspectives exhibit will be open on a limited basis until February 28, 2017. Call ahead to make sure the exhibit will be open during your visit 518-456-0655.

Don’t forget to vote for your favorite photograph and help us award the final prize for the People’s Choice award. We’ll announce the winner on Facebook after the exhibit ends!

Visit the Pine Bush…

DECEMBER 26-30th
Spice up your winter with science! The Pine Bush is offering a different science-lab program each day of winter break. Check out the program list on our events calendar and save yourself a spot! Pre-registration is required.
Fee: $3.00/person, $5.00/family. www.AlbanyPineBush.org/events
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.
Forty acres southwest of Trailhead #2, Rapp Barrens, are CLOSED to all public use from Monday, November 21, 2016 until spring of 2017. This is the area between the two fingers of Rensselaer Lake.  For your own safety please do not enter this area while tree thinning of oak and pitch pine trees is taking place.  The red trail from Trailhead #2 will remain open until later in the winter.

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…

Fall Migrating Banding. Our science staff and volunteers completed the 9th year of fall migration bird banding in the preserve, banding an incredible total of 694 birds from 58 species. The top ten most abundant species included black-capped chickadee, blue jay, white-throated sparrow, gray catbird, tufted titmouse, slate-colored junco, magnolia warbler, eastern towhee, ruby-crowned kinglet and blackpoll warbler.
A highlight of this year was banding our first raptor, a hatch-year female Red-tailed hawk. All banding research is conducted under the United States Geologic Survey Bird Banding permit issued to Conservation Director Neil Gifford.

Special thanks to APBPC staff including Dillon, Conservation Biologist Steve Campbell, Conservation Science Technicians Tyler Mitchell, Sofia Furlong and Tom Williams, NYSDEC Biologists Laura Sommers, Brianna Gary and Faith Carney, and volunteers Jane Tatlock, Nancy Pierson, John Huang and Naima Starkloff.

Our latest research…

New Year Bird Research Walk
Monday January 2, 2017, 9:00am–11:00am

Start the new year off with a chirp, peep, squeak and a squawk and join us for our New Year Bird Research Walk. We will hike approximately one mile outside to practice searching for and identifying birds we see along the trails. Along the way, we will discuss some of the science research we conduct to help us monitor our feathered friends and how you can help! Our program will finish up with hot cocoa. A fun morning for beginning birders! Please dress warmly. Binoculars will be provided. Ages 8+. Free! Please sign up by calling 518-456-0655 or visit www.AlbanyPineBush.org/events
%d bloggers like this: