Albany Pine Bush News

Frosted Elfin photo by A. DillonThe frosted elfin, (Callophrys irus)  a NYS Threatened species who like the Karner blue, feeds only on lupine as a caterpillar, are once again out and about in the Preserve. The elfin overwinter in their chrysalids and eclose as lupine emergences from its winter dormancy.  Frosted elfin are found at just about every lupine patch in the Preserve, so if you are visiting the Preserve and see lupine, keep you eyes peeled for this rare little brown butterfly; it is one of 45 wilidlife Species of Greatest Conservation Need that call the Preserve home.

Join us on 4/19 for an evening lecture on the biology, status and threats to the frosted elfin. Click here to sign up.

Neil Gifford, Conservation Director

Neil @ 9:47 am

“Regulation changes are needed to implement many of the strategies of the recently adopted Management Plan for White-tailed Deer,” Commissioner Martens said.  “The changes to the deer hunting seasons, mandatory antler restrictions, use of Deer Management Permits (DMPs), and development of Deer Management Focus Areas will increase opportunities for New York hunters, consistent with input we’ve received from the public and deer management goals.”

DEC adopted the five- year deer management plan in October 2011 following extensive public input and can be viewed at:

Comments previously submitted on the draft deer management plan were important in finalizing the deer plan and developing this rulemaking proposal.  DEC will accept public comments on this proposal through May 21, 2012.  Comments on this rule should be specific to the proposals herein and should not be resubmissions of previous comments submitted on the full deer management plan or previous regulatory proposals.

To see more detailed explanations of these proposals, including instructions for providing comments, visit the DEC website at .  The proposed rulemaking can also be viewed in detail in the April 4, 2012 publication of the New York State Register, which is available at


Neil @ 1:33 pm