ALBANY NY – The Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission and Friends of the Pine Bush Community will cohost a lecture on April 21st as a part of their monthly Science Lecture Series at the Discovery Center. The lecture, which starts at 7:00pm, will be conducted by Dr. Jeffrey Corbin, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences at Union College.
“Intense efforts to restore native pine barren habitat have been remarkably successful by many measures including the rebounding numbers of Karner blue butterflies.” says Corbin, “But does this recovery extend to other measures of how the restored ecosystems function? I have analyzed the nitrogen cycle across a range of Pine Bush sites and found that restoration efforts have also extended more broadly to this critical measure of soil condition. My results suggest a broad benefit of the Pine Bush Preserve’s restoration beyond just the iconic Karner blue to also include the ecosystem as a whole.” Dr. Corbin will discuss the results of his research and what it means for future efforts to restore the Pine Bush on April 21st.
This program is free and is recommended for ages 15+. Pre-registration is required for all programs. The Discovery Center is located at 195 New Karner Road in Albany. To sign up, please visit www.AlbanyPineBush.org and click on “Events Calendar” at the top of the page 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 64 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 www.AlbanyPineBush.org or call 518-456-0655.