Albany Pine Bush News

2014 APB Photo exhibit winnersALBANY NY – The Albany Pine Bush Preserve is now accepting submissions for the second Pine Bush Perspectives juried photo exhibit.

Environmental Educator Sara Poggi-Decker, the project coordinator said, “So many visitors to the preserve capture amazing moments on camera and this is the perfect opportunity to share those with the Albany Pine Bush community.” Entrants may be any age or skill level. Minors must have parental permission in order to submit photos. She continued, “Photos can range from a butterfly, a perfectly framed landscape or hikers on the trail. Share your perspective of the Pine Bush and help us to display this globally rare ecosystem.” Photos must be submitted by the original photographer and must have been taken in the Albany Pine Bush Preserve. Each photographer can submit up to three photos. Entries can be submitted online at

The deadline to submit photos is September 15, 2015. Entries will be judged by jurors selected by the Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission Juried Photo Exhibit Committee. Submission does not guarantee entry. Entrants will be notified by October 5, 2015 of their entry status. All accepted photographs will require final preparation by the artist and must be framed and have wire for hanging. Some accepted photographs may be used in magnets to be sold in our gift shop and other locations. The exhibit will open on November 1, 2015, with an awards presentation and small reception in the Discovery Center. For more details, visit or call 518-456-0655.

The 3,200 – acre Albany Pine Bush Preserve (APBP), located in New York’s Capital District, protects one of the best remaining inland pitch-pine scrub oak barrens in the world. This extraordinary fire-dependent habitat provides homes for many plants and animals and contains 55 New York State-designated wildlife Species of Greatest Conservation Need, including the federally endangered Karner blue butterfly. The Preserve is a National Natural Landmark, a New York State Unique Area, Bird Conservation Area and a National Audubon Society Important Bird Area. Characterized by rolling sand dunes and miles of trails, the Preserve offers visitors many recreational opportunities including hiking, bird watching, cross-country skiing, horseback riding, mountain biking, hunting, fishing and canoeing. The Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission is a public-private partnership created by the NYS Legislature in 1988 to protect and manage the APBP and provide the public with educational and recreational opportunities.

As the gateway to the Pine Bush, the Discovery Center is a state-of-the-art “green” certified interpretive center where visitors come to understand why the Pine Bush is rare and special. A visit to this unique destination is an exciting exploration where learning comes naturally through interactive exhibits, an outdoor Discovery Trail, and numerous programs on the ecology, natural history, cultural history and management of the Pine Bush. Admission to the Discovery Center is free (there is a small fee for programs). The Center is open daily weekdays 9am-4pm, weekends and most holidays 10am-4pm. For more information, visit or call 518-456-0655.


Photo By: Jeremy Collison

Photo By: Jeremy Collison

Unnas was unable to come this time, but there were still five Junior Docents for Pond Monitoring. The sky threatened rain a couple hours earlier, but the sky cleared nicely once we got out there. We tested with both the tablets and strips again to gather more data. As Sam remarked, “We tested the water using pills as per usual. But we also tested using strips to try and find differences in the two tests.”  Pranav noticed that, “There was a lot of difference between the two.”  Many of the strips gave very different numbers than the tablets did. With time we’ll hopefully see if the two will continue to be different or if today was just an odd data point.

Signing off,

Jeremy, Pranav, Sam, Elena, Andreea

Blake @ 3:14 pm



We drove out to the pond, so we had time to walk around the yellow trail after the testing. We had a lot of Jr. Docents today, which made the testing faster and more fun. “[We] thought the history behind the pond was very fascinating. We saw a blue heron flying around; that was cool.” – Sasha.

“We used new testing strips today along with our usual tablets. There were a lot of difference between the 2 types” – Shreyas. We are interested to look into why the nitrate strips and tablets came up with different results.

We continued to see Karner Blue Butterflies, which is always a great thing. We also saw lots of turtles sunning on the logs and swimming around in the murky water. Overall, it was a great day to be out on Pond Monitoring!

Signing off,

Unnas, Jeremy, Shreyas, Pranav, Leland, Sasha, and Lisa

Blake @ 3:12 pm