Albany Pine Bush News

Pine Bush Dreamscape by Noel Payton

Pine Bush Dreamscape by Noel Payton

ALBANY NY – Pine Bush-inspired art and traditional quilts will be on display at the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center from Friday June 24 – Sunday July 10, 2016 during normal Discovery Center hours. The quilts were crafted by members of the QUILT Guild of Delmar, NY and each quilt depicts the Pine Bush from the quilter’s own perspective.

Blake Etchison, Discovery Center Manager, said “Each quilt is a stunning representation of the preserve’s uniqueness and the quilter’s skill.” Visitors to the Discovery Center, located at 195 New Karner Road in Albany, are asked to weigh in on their favorite quilt by voting for the winner of the People’s Choice award.

For more details, 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 ecosystem provides habitat for many plants and animals and supports 63 New York State-designated wildlife Species of Greatest Conservation Need, including the endangered Karner blue butterfly. The APBP is a National Natural Landmark, Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area Site, 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 APBP 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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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAALBANY, NY – The Albany Pine Bush Preserve will host a series of programs as part of New York State’s Invasive Species Awareness Week, July 10 – 15, 2016. “As a member of the Capital-Mohawk PRISM (Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management), we are pleased to provide opportunities to raise awareness on the need to manage invasive species”, said Neil Gifford, Conservation Director with the Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission. PRISMs were created by the New York State Invasive Species Task Force to coordinate invasive species management and education with public and private landowners throughout the state.

A wide variety of invasive species are a threat to the health of this National Natural Landmark as well as many other places throughout New York State. According to Gifford, “invasive species pose one of the most serious threats to the Preserve’s globally-rare inland pitch pine-scrub oak barrens and the 63 wildlife species of greatest conservation need that live there.” The Commission will kick off the week with the Pine Bush Invaders hike on Sunday July 10, 2016 1:00pm-2:30pm at the Discovery Center. This 0.9 mile hike teaches about the invasive species in the Pine Bush and some of the things that are being done to reduce their impacts. This program is free and best suited for ages 10 and up.

Each morning from 9:30am-11:30am during the week of Monday July 11 – Friday July 15, 2016 the Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission will hold Invasive Honeysuckle Removal programs. Volunteers meet at the Discovery Center each morning and then caravan to a work site. Participants must provide their own transportation and be prepared to work off trail. These programs are all free and are for ages 15 and up. Pre-registration is required for all programs. For more information and to sign up 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 ecosystem provides habitat for many plants and animals and supports 63 New York State-designated wildlife Species of Greatest Conservation Need, including the endangered Karner blue butterfly. The APBP is a National Natural Landmark, Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area Site, 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 APBP 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 @ 1:38 pm

Pine Bush Travelers (4)ALBANY, NY – The Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission will be celebrating New York State Path Through History Weekend with Tales from the Taverns on June 18, 2016 and Legends and Lore on June 19, 2016. Path Through History Weekend is organized by I Love New York and highlights the history of the state. “Both of these programs will highlight the fascinating history of the Albany Pine Bush” said Education Program Manager Sara Poggi-Decker. “If you’re curious about some of the lesser known aspects of Pine Bush history then these programs will be a fun and exciting learning opportunity for you,” she continued.

The Albany Pine Bush has a very rich history and these programs will transport participants back in time to discover some of the fascinating details. The Tales from the Taverns program will be held on Saturday June 18th from 4:00pm-6:00pm at C.H. Evans Brewing Company at The Albany Pump Station. This Program will highlight stories about historic taverns that once hosted travelers passing through the Pine Bush and the types of beer that might have been found in the taverns. Speakers include Craig Gravina of the Albany Ale Project and John Gearing a noted historian on Schenectady County.

Pump Station logo“C.H. Evans Brewing Co. has deep roots in local history, as we began production in Hudson in 1786. We enjoy our current location at the Albany Pump Station where we are able to combine our passion for local history, great food and craft beer in a building which is listed on the National Historic Registry. We are pleased to help keep the history of the area alive and well,” said Neil Evans, owner of C.H. Evans Brewing Co.

The Albany Pump Station, completed in 1895 to pump water from the Hudson River under Clinton Avenue and to Bleecker Reservoir, will provide an excellent backdrop while participants sip C.H. Evans Brewing Company beer. Savory hors d’ oeuvres, one complimentary Evan’s Ale pint or soda, private room with cash bar, and free Albany Pine Bush pint glass will be provided with the purchase of a ticket. This program is recommended for adults. Tickets for this program can be purchased at www.AlbanyPineBush.org/events and are $20 per person.

The Legends and Lore program will take place on Sunday June 19th from 1:00pm – 2:30pm at the at the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center, located at 195 New Karner Road, Albany and will include a 0.9 mile walk over rolling sand dunes. Fraught with tales of burglary, ghosts, fire and more this program will highlight the human history of the Pine Bush. The program is recommended for ages 8+ and is $3.00/person, $5.00/family. Pre-registration is required for all programs. For more information and to sign up visit www.AlbanyPineBush.org/events or call 518-456-0655.

Begin your day at the Albany Visitors Center
on a guided tour in search of city parks and hidden gardens. Meander the streets with your guide, enjoying stories about Albany’s colorful history and varied architecture. Along the way, you will uncover gems of greenery and how Albany uses flowers and other foliage to add greater depth to our beautiful City. 2:00pm $5 per person; reservations required at www.eventbrite.com/e/secret-city-gardens-tickets-22578141830

 

Wendy @ 7:53 am