Albany Pine Bush News

Come into the Discovery center to check out the new Exploration Station…

Exploration stations are temporary exhibits set up in the Karner Classroom. The topics change about every 3 months.  The current topic is The Subnivean Zone – Go Below The Snow which will be installed through March. The subnivean zone is the area between the surface of the snow and the ground. Many animals actually depend on snow for protection and warmth during the winter months. Come tunnel through the indoor subnivean zone, make snowflakes and learn more about animals in winter!

 

Sara @ 9:50 am

Dear Preserve Stewards,

I hope that you all had a lovely holiday season!  I was on vacation the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day, and then spent the short week after that catching up on e-mails and getting myself organized so I don’t have much to report from that time period.

Since then we’ve been working hard on both indoor and outdoor projects!  Indoor work has included things like working on the production of a new trails map for the preserve, organizing all of our GIS files, and completing the budget for next fiscal year (beginning April 2012).  By this point in the year, we typically would not be able to do  much more outdoor work, but with the relatively warm weather (this weekend excluded!!!) and the lack of snow, we have been able to continue working on outdoor projects.  Dave and Tyler have been continuing right along with “drill and fill” aspen herbiciding work, and last week I was able to finish installing split rail fences and signage at Blueberry Hill to keep preserve visitors on the new trails system and off of the recently closed trails.  Although the ground was frozen, I was able to dig post holes anyway with our tractor powered post hole digger.  We purchased this implement last spring, and what a great tool it has turned out to be!

We will begin laying out the next iteration of preserve trail changes in the next few weeks, will continue to tackle the aspen herbiciding project, and plan to finish up some late season mowing in the near future.  It’s kind of fun to get some “bonus time” to keep working outside, we’re getting a lot accomplished which feel good!  Hope all is well with you, talk to you again soon!

Sincerely,

~Jesse Hoffman, Preserve Steward

Jesse @ 3:03 pm

Over the next few weeks, National Grid will be accessing their power lines, which run through the preserve, to conduct routine maintenance work. Crews will enter the preserve through the Willow Street Trailhead (#8). You may see bucket trucks or other heavy equipment near the Willow Street trailhead or in other areas of the preserve adjacent to power lines. Minor tree pruning, digging, and grading work are expected to occur.

Jesse @ 9:35 am