Albany Pine Bush News

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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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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Version 2Science Lecture Series: Gone but not forgotten? Do black locust trees leave a “legacy” even after they are removed and pine bush habitat is restored?

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.

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APBP Earth Day 2015 Krishna Hill (15)ALBANY NY – The Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission will host its 5th annual Earth Day celebration at the Discovery Center on Saturday, April 16, 2016 from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. “This is a wonderful day to meet many of our neighbors dedicated to helping the preserve” said Lead Educator, Jackie Citriniti. The event will consist of many different projects such as trash collection, tree planting and invasive species removal. There will be something for all ages. “It’s always amazing to see how much we get done in just a few hours! If you’re looking for a great way to contribute to helping a rare ecosystem right here in your backyard, join us on April 16th to celebrate Earth Day” continued Citriniti. As a thank you to all the volunteers for their hard work, lunch will be provided at noon.

John McConnell, a peace activist, first proposed Earth Day at a UNESCO Conference in San Francisco to be celebrated on March 21, 1970, the first day of spring, to honor the earth and the concept of peace. A month later on April 22, 1970 Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin organized a second Earth Day as a national teach-in on the environment. Earth Day is now an annual occasion, a day on which events are held around the world to demonstrate support for environmental protection.

APBP Earth Day 2015 Krishna Hill (81)The Albany Pine Bush Earth Day celebration is a free event. Pre-registration is required for all programs. The Discovery Center is located at 195 New Karner Road in Albany. To sign up, visit www.AlbanyPineBush.org/events or call 518-456-0655.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION ON THE PINE BUSH:
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.

APBP Earth Day 2015 Krishna Hill (44)
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.

Tuesday, April 5 at 7:00 pm, Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center

Come out to the Friends of the Pine Bush Community’s annual gathering of members. Meeting agenda items include:

  • Celebration of accomplishments – 2015 Annual Report
  • Board elections & introductions
  • Revision to by-laws
  • Activities planned and budget for 2016
  • Your ideas and suggestions for the Friends

Enjoy sandwiches and fruit as you meet other members. Please RSVP by email info@PineBushFriends.org or call 519-690-2764.

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Jan
19
2016

Over the Top!

Donors help Friends climb beyond $5,000 goal.

New memberships and contributions from generous donors throughout 2015 helped the Friends of the Pine Bush Community surpass a $5,000 match challenge that began in spring 2015.

match progress 12-31-15 crop (Medium)

It was many caring seventh-graders in Dr. Alan Fiero’s classes at Farnsworth Middle School, Guilderland Central School that put the Friends over the $5,000 amount just before the holidays. The students’ holiday fundraiser benefited the “Ticket to Ride” program. Students collected money in lieu of gifts for their teachers and made a mural to promote the giving. As the money collected grew they added children’s faces to the buses.

In front of a mural depicting buses heading to the Pine Bush, Farnsworth student Molly DiCaprio stands with classmates Austin Durant and Liam Kerr to hand a $755 check to Darwin Roosa, president of the Friends.

In front of a mural depicting buses heading to the Pine Bush, Farnsworth student Molly DiCaprio stands with classmates Austin Durant and Liam Kerr to hand a $755 check to Darwin Roosa, president of the Friends.

“The Farnsworth students’ fundraiser was an incredible expression of holiday giving for helping to share learning experiences in the Pine Bush with students in other districts,” said Darwin Roosa. “Recognition and thanks go to Farnsworth Middle School and Dr. Fiero.”

However, end-of-year generosity didn’t stop there. Contributions continued to come in from current and new Friends members bringing the total amount raised during the challenge to $5,770.

Everyone’s contribution of any amount mattered. The match challenge helped make the Friends tenth anniversary year its most successful year to date. A special thank you goes to Mr. Suozzo for helping the Friends become a true community of people who care about the Albany Pine Bush and about helping children and visitors of all ages learn about protecting this unique ecosystem.

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Worker ants of the species commonly called the Odorous House Ant tend a Karner Larvae at the Albany Pine Bus Preserve.

Worker ants of the species commonly called the Odorous House Ant tend a Karner Larvae at the Albany Pine Bus Preserve.

ALBANY NY – The Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission and Friends of the Pine Bush Community will cohost a lecture on January 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 recent UMass Amherst graduate and Albany Pine Bush Outreach Coordinator Grace Barber on Ants of the Albany Pine Bush.

“The Albany Pine Bush Preserve appears to host an unusually high density of ant species for the region. During a summertime walk through the Preserve, a visitor could stumble upon a virtual river of slave-maker ants, unwittingly walk past species that have never been found anywhere else in the state, or open an acorn to reveal an entire colony of tiny ants” says Barber.

In 2014, Grace Barber earned an M.S. from UMass Amherst after studying ants at the Albany Pine Bush Preserve and other inland pine barrens in NYS for two years. At this lecture, Ms. Barber will share her findings about the impressive diversity of ants at the Albany Pine Bush, their biology, and how they are influenced by differences in habitat. “Ants are not only fascinating, but they are important to our local ecosystems. They are major players in processes like soil aeration and seed dispersal, and there is still so much to learn about them!”, continued Barber.

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.

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Hungry for Milkweed by Jason MatheronThe Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission in partnership with the Friends of the Pine Bush Community held its second Pine Bush Perspectives Photo Exhibit November 1, 2015 – January 2, 2016. A total of 41 people entered 111 photos. From those photos the judges had the difficult job of choosing the 30 photos that appeared in the show. At the exhibit opening on November 1st five awards were presented. The judges of the exhibit also gave a brief overview of all of the entries and explained how they made their selections and presented the awards. First place was awarded to Kat Fitzpatrick for her photo Bright Fences – Dark Storm. Justin Scott was awarded second place for his photo Dragonfly Eyes. The Budding Talent award was given to Jeremy Collison the photographer of the best photo taken by someone under the age of 18 and honorable mentions were awarded to Noami King and Angel Rios. There were about 70 people in attendance at the opening. Visitors to the exhibit were invited to vote for their favorite photo and today we are excited to announce the winner of the People’s Choice Award, Jason Matheron for his photo Hungry for Milkweed. Thank you to all of the participants for sharing your perspective through photos!

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Snow Pack Research in the Albany Pine BushALBANY NY – The Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission is looking for neighbors that live within half a mile of the Preserve to help track changing weather patterns by measuring the depth of snow in their own backyard. On Sunday, January 10 from 2:00-3:00pm come to the Discovery Center to learn how to collect and submit measurements.

Regionally, climate change is altering seasonal weather patterns, especially temperature and precipitation, but little is known about specific changes in the Albany Pine Bush Preserve. The Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission is therefore asking Preserve neighbors to help fill this knowledge gap by inviting them to participate in a citizen-science project to document snow depth around the Preserve.

“Many plants and animals have evolved to require cold, snowy winter weather”, said Neil Gifford, Conservation Director for the Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission. “For example, such conditions appear essential to the success of the endangered Karner blue butterfly’s eggs, which overwinter under the snow. Prolonged cold temperatures also provide the refrigeration critical to the germination of many native plant seeds, and snow can affect how much water is in vernal ponds for frog and salamander breeding in spring.”

According to Gifford, understanding how weather patterns in the Preserve are changing is the first step to understanding what the Commission can do to improve the long-term survival of the Karner blue butterfly as well as 63 other rare wildlife listed as Species of Greatest Conservation Need in New York State.

This program is free and recommended for ages 15+. Snow monitoring materials will be provided. Participants must live within one half mile of the Albany Pine Bush Preserve. 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 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 www.AlbanyPineBush.org or call 518-456-0655.

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Nov
25
2015

Almost There!

Help us reach our $5,000 goal.
A recent tally of new memberships and donations shows the Friends of the Pine Bush Community is only $673 from meeting the challenge goal amount. The pitch pine tree below shows it best.

match progress 11-17-15

 

Please CLICK HERE help the Friends reach the top of the tree by making a year-in contribution and inviting a friend to become a member. Friends memberships are perfect holiday gifts. Contributions of any size will be doubled!

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