Albany Pine Bush News

Albany Pine Bush StoryWalk (2)ALBANY NY – A StoryWalk®  featuring the children’s book Possum and the Peeper by Anne Hunter is currently on display at the Albany Pine Bush. “A StoryWalk® is a children’s book that is deconstructed and the pages are laminated. Each page is then posted along a trail on a stake so that people read the story as they are walking along the trail,” explained Sara Poggi-Decker, Education Program Manager.

Walk, jump or skip from page to page as you read along the trail. The StoryWalk® is currently set up along part of the blue trail located behind the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center. “A StoryWalk® is a great way to explore the trails” said Poggi-Decker. “It is also an exciting and different way to read a book,” she continued. The StoryWalk® Project was originally created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with the Vermont Bicycle & Pedestrian Coalition and the Kellogg Hubbard Library.

For more information about the Storywalk®, trails and other programs visit the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center at 195 New Karner Road in Albany or call 518-456-0655.

Albany Pine Bush StoryWalkThe 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 63 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.
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Albany Pine Bush pine barrensALBANY, NY – In March 2016, the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area officially designated the Albany Pine Bush as a Heritage Site. The Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission chose the occasion of the 10th anniversary of their annual Lupine Fest to celebrate the high honor by unveiling a new National Park Service Passport Cancellation Station in the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center.

Christopher Hawver, Commission Executive Director, said, “This important national recognition further substantiates the Albany Pine Bush as a globally-rare treasure with unique geology and ecology. It also gives us an opportunity to focus on the incomparable cultural and historical Hudson River Heritage experience that the Pine Bush provides.”APB Discovery Center National Parks Cancellation StationThe Albany Pine Bush was selected because of its unique combination of outstanding ecological (pitch pine – scrub oak barrens) features and its rich human history which starts with Native Americans who settled in this area almost 10,000 years ago. The Mohawks and Mahicans sold the furs they harvested from the Pine Bush to Europeans at Fort Orange, present day Albany. Both settlers and Native Americans used the “Mohawk Path” later named the Kings Highway, as a travel corridor through the Pine Bush. For centuries the Albany Pine Bush has provided resources of many different kinds for people. It provided land for farms, sand for glass manufacturing, trees for lumber and posts and was a place for hunting and food gathering.

Mark Castiglione, Acting Executive Director of the Hudson River Valley Greenway and Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area, said, “The Albany Pine Bush Preserve connects people to an amazing and rare ecosystem to educate the public on environmental issues and also provides unique recreational opportunities. The Pine Bush Preserve is a great place for people to learn about natural history, both in the educational center and also along the miles of recreational trails.”

The Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area was designated by Congress in 1996 and is one of the now forty-nine federally-recognized National Heritage Areas throughout the United States. Through a partnership with the National Park Service, Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area collaborates with residents, government agencies, non-profit groups and private partners to interpret, preserve and celebrate the nationally-significant cultural and natural resources of the Hudson River Valley. In this way, they encourage public stewardship for these resources as well as economic activity at the local and regional level. The Heritage Area is managed by the Hudson River Valley Greenway.
To improve awareness of these resources, they have established a network of designated Heritage Sites, classified by theme and amenities. This network helps to better interpret the individual sites and also helps to better interpret the “big picture” story of the entire region and how those individual sites have worked together to shape our national history.

Hawver said, “This prestigious designation, along with the opportunity for the Pine Bush to participate in the National Park Service Passport to Your National Parks program, will draw attention to the remarkable story the Pine Bush has to tell, and its many unfolding layers of amazing facts.” The National Park Service Passports and new Cancellation Station will be located in the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center Gift Shop.

Beetles photo by Amanda DillonALBANY NY – The Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission and Friends of the Pine Bush Community will cohost an evening lecture at the Discovery Center on Bees and Beetles in the Pine Bush, presented by New York State Museum researcher Dr. M. Sam Adams on May 19, 2016 at 7:00pm. This lecture is part of a monthly science lecture series presented by local scientists and the Commission’s own expert staff. Recommended for ages 15 and above, lecture series topics vary from tiger beetles, to wild turkeys, to climate research and more.

Dr. Adams is interested in bee and beetle communities of the Preserve and their response to management. In addition to examining how our native bee population has changed over the past 20 years, he is especially interested in how beetle communities recover and recolonize after a fire.

“Since the retreat of the glaciers from the Albany Pine Bush, frequent fires have maintained its characteristic vegetation. We will discuss some intriguing adaptations that have allowed the Earth-boring Dung Beetle and the Snail-eating Ground Beetle to survive the fires,” says Dr. Adams.

Dr. Adams used pitfall traps to sample ground beetles in sites in the Preserve with varying fire histories. Bees, he collected using malaise traps and will be compared to specimens collected in the Preserve over two decades ago. The results of his research will further the ability of the Commission to protect and manage the unique and endangered ecology of the Albany Pine Bush Preserve.

Science Lecture Series programs are free and open to the public. This program 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 for programs, please visit www.AlbanyPineBush.org/events 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 63 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.
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Wendy @ 1:40 pm

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2016 Lupine FestALBANY NY – The Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission will host its tenth Lupine Fest on Saturday, May 14, 2016 from 11:00AM to 5:00PM at the Discovery Center. The event celebrates Pine Bush neighbors and the Capital Region’s globally rare, nationally significant, and locally distinct Albany Pine Bush Preserve. This year the festival honors not only the wild blue lupine and its importance to the conservation of several endangered butterflies but the entire pine barrens ecosystem. The Commission will highlight what a unique and special place it is through a fun day of live music, games, crafts, food and more.

Christopher Hawver, Executive Director of the Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission said, “The Albany Pine Bush is a National Natural Landmark and the best remaining example of an inland pitch pine – scrub oak pine barrens in the world. The Preserve’s 3,200 acres are also a unique part of a neighborhood we share with nearly 1 million people in the Capital District. We manage the Preserve to restore and protect its plants and animals and provide our neighbors with opportunities to enjoy nature. It’s important to celebrate how it helps to bring people closer to nature and why it’s worthy of protection.”

Lupine Fest 2015 Krishna Hill (36)“The block party will offer visitors a chance to connect with us and enjoy many different activities,” said Erin Kinal, Education Program Director. “The day will feature something for all ages, including a fun day of music with a Kid’s Sing-A-Long and Parade, a free concert by The Refrigerators, games, craft vendors, face painting, a make your own tie-dye party, live local wildlife programs, nature walks, food and much more!” Kinal continues, “We are celebrating our tenth Lupine Fest this year with the Karner Kontraption. Come watch our Pine Bush Rube Goldberg-inspired machine designed by volunteer Jane Tatlock as it demonstrates the process of restoring the Pine Bush. With multiple moving parts, our machine will demonstrate the various strategies we use to restore and manage this globally rare, nationally significant and locally distinct ecosystem.”

Lupine Fest 2015 Krishna Hill (241)According to Hawver, “rain or shine – Lupine Fest: A Pine Bush Block Party will offer fantastic family fun for everyone. Guests can meet many of the Preserve’s friends and partners like representatives from LLBean’s Outdoor Discovery School, Whole Foods, the Albany Mounted Police, the Boy and Girl Scouts, the Guilderland Library and others.” The festival will be held at the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center at 195 New Karner Road in Albany. Like Albany Pine Bush on Facebook or visit www.AlbanyPineBush.org/events for the full program schedule and more details. Parking for Lupine Fest is 302 Washington Avenue Ext. with shuttle rides to and from the parking area. Follow the PARKING signs. On-site handicap parking available.
Lupine Fest 2015 Krishna Hill (132)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 including 63 New York State-designated wildlife Species of Greatest Conservation Need, and 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.

Lupine Fest 2015 Krishna Hill (99)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.

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