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We are 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.

Endangered Karner ... 7/20/17

Twenty-five years after being federally listed as endangered, the APB population of the Karner blue butterfly has exceeded recovery goals for the local population.

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Completed Research and Publications

Examples of completed research, inventory, and monitoring in the Albany Pine Bush Preserve.

Barnett, K., and B. Abbuhl. 2007. Ecology and behavior of the eastern hognose snake in upstate NY. Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission Internal Report. 17 pages

Beachy, B. 2002. Invading trees and breeding birds in the Albany Pine Bush. M.S. Thesis. University at Albany, State University of New York, Albany, NY.

Beachy, B.L., and G.R. Robinson. 2008. Divergence in avian communities following woody plant invasions in a pine barrens ecosystem. Natural Areas Journal 28:395-403.

Benjamins, M. 2003. Effects of shade on the oviposition preferences of the endangered Karner blue butterfly, Lycaeides melissa samuelis Nabokov. M.S. Thesis. College of Environmental Science and Forestry, State University of New York, Syracuse, NY.

Bidwell, B., S. Gebauer-Gifford, A. Rudich, and N.A. Gifford. 1998. Short term effects of fire on wild blue lupine in the Albany Pine Bush Preserve, Albany, NY. Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission Internal Report. 17 pages

Bogan, D.A. 2004. Eastern coyote home range, habitat selection and survival in the Albany Pine Bush landscape. M.S. Thesis. University at Albany, State University of New York, Albany, NY.

Breisch, K. 2006. Eastern spadefoot toad (Scaphiopus holbrookii holbrookii): Albany Pine Bush Preserve. Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission Internal Report. 8 pages

Bried, J.T. 2009. Information costs of reduced-effort habitat monitoring in a butterfly recovery program. Journal of Insect Conservation 13:615-626.

Bried, J.T. 2009. Restoration monitoring for Karner blue butterfly recovery in New York State: Final report for grant service contract #C006028. Final report submitted to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation – Endangered Species Unit and the United States Fish & Wildlife Service. 25 pages

Bried, J.T. 2009. Information costs of reduced-effort habitat monitoring in a butterfly recovery program. Journal of Insect Conservation 13:615-626.

Bried J.T. and A.M. Dillon. 2011. Bee diversity in scrub oak poatches 2 years after mow and herbicide treatment. Insect Conservation and Diversity. In Press.

Bried, J.T., and G.J. Edinger. 2009. Baseline floristic assessment and classification of pine barrens vernal ponds. Journal of the Torrey Botanical Society 136:128-136.

Bried, J., and L. Demick. 2009. Chemical alternatives to labor-intensive mechanical control of invasive aspen in the Albany Pine Bush. Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission Internal Report. 2 pages

Bried, J.T., and G.N. Ervin. 2011. Randomized intervention analysis for detecting non-random change and management impact: Dragonfly examples. Ecological Indicators 11:535-539.

Bried, J.T., and N.A. Gifford. 2010. Baseline vegetation assessment following mow and herbicide reduction of overabundant scrub oak. Ecological Restoration (in press).

Bried, J.T., and J.A. Hecht. 2011. Comparison of herbicide treatments to control native aspen encroachment in pine barrens. Natural Areas Journal 31:500-505.

Bried, J.T., and C.A. Mazzacano. 2010. National review of state wildlife action plans for Odonata species of greatest conservation need. Insect Conservation and Diversity 3:61-71.

Bried, J.T., T.H. Tear, R.R. Shirer, C.L. Zimmerman, and N.A. Gifford. 2006. Monitoring habitat quality for Karner blue butterfly recovery in Glacial Lake Albany, New York. Final report submitted to the New York State Biodiversity Research Institute. 67 pages

Bried, J.T., P. Hunt, and W.B. Worthen. 2007. How often and how long? Studying temporal survey design for adult odonates. Argia 18(4):8-11.

Bried, J.T., K.E. Langwig, A.A. DeWan, and N.A. Gifford. 2011. Habitat associations and survey effort for shrubland birds in an urban pine barrens preserve. Landscape and Urban Planning 99:218-225.

DeWan, A.A. 2002. The ecological effects of carnivores on small mammals and seed predation in the Albany Pine Bush. M.S. Thesis. University at Albany, State University of New York, Albany, NY.

Droege, M.F. 1996. The seasonal variation in total available carbohydrates in rhizomes of huckleberry (Gaylussacia baccata) and its implications for fire management. M.S. Thesis. University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA.

Finton, A.D. 1998. Succession and plant community development in pitch pine-scrub oak barrens of the glaciated northeast United States. M.S. Thesis. University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA.

Forrester, J.A., D.J. Leopold, and S.D. Hafner. 2005. Maintaining critical habitat in a heavily managed landscape: effects of powerline corridor management on Karner blue butterfly (Lycaeides melissa samuelis) habitat. Restoration Ecology 13:488-498.

Fuller, S.G. 2008. Population dynamics of the endangered Karner blue butterfly (Lycaeides melissa samuelis Nabokov). PhD Thesis. College of Environmental Science and Forestry, State University of New York, Syracuse, NY.

Gebauer, S.B., W.A. Patterson III, M.F. Droege, and M.M. Santos. 1996. Vegetation and soil studies within the Albany Pine Bush Preserve: a landscape level approach. Final report submitted to the Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission and Holsworth Natural Resources Center. 31 pages

Gifford, N.A., J.T. Bried, C. Kostrzewski, and G.T. Dooley. 2006. Effects of single-season mechanical and prescribed fire treatments in restoring inland pitch pine-scrub oak barrens of the Albany (NY) Pine Bush Preserve. Proceedings of the 3rd International Fire Ecology and Management Conference, San Diego, CA.

Gifford, N.A., K. Langwig, E. Sinnott, C. Hofmann, and J. Bried. 2008. Karner blue butterfly population monitoring results – 2008: Albany Pine Bush recovery unit, Albany, New York. Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission Internal Report. 48 pages

Gifford, N.A., J.M. Deppen, and J.T. Bried. 2010. Importance of an urban pine barrens for the conservation of early-successional shrubland birds. Landscape and Urban Planning 94:54-62.

Gill, R.J. 1997.The influences of habitat fragmentation on edge effects in the Albany Pine Bush preserve. M.S. Thesis. University at Albany, State University of New York, Albany, NY.

Hoven, B.M. 2009. The effect of restoration and maintenance treatments on host plant quality and natural enemies of the endemic barrens buckmoth, Hemileuca maia Drury (Lepidoptera: Saturniidae) in a scrub oak-pitch pine ecosystem. M.S. Thesis. College of Environmental Science and Forestry, State University of New York, Syracuse, NY.

Hunsinger, K.C. 1999. A survey of the amphibians and reptiles of the Albany Pine Bush. M.S. Thesis. University at Albany, State University of New York, Albany, NY.

Hunt, D.M. 1996. New York Flora Association (NYFA) base list: flora of Albany Pine Bush. Final report submitted to the New York Natural Heritage Program and The Nature Conservancy. 3 pages

Kays, R.W., and A.A. DeWan. 2004. Ecological impact of inside/outside house cats around a suburban nature preserve. Animal Conservation 7:1-11.

Kirchman, J.J., J. Ralston, and N.A. Gifford. 2011. Stable isotope analysis of fall migration stopover by six passerine species on an inland pitch pine scrub oak barren. Wilson Journal of Ornithology: 123(3) 547-555.

Malcolm, G.M., D.S. Bush, and S.K. Rice. Soil nitrogen conditions approach preinvasion levels following restoration of nitrogen-fixing black locust (Robinia pseudoacacia) stands in a pine-oak ecosystem. Restoration Ecology 16:70-78.

Mattox, J.E. 1994. Wetland vascular flora of the pine bush, Albany and Schenectady counties, New York State, in the 19th and 20th centuries. M.S. Thesis. Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY.

McCabe, T. 1993. Albany Pine Bush Project: 1991-1992 Entomological Report. Final report submitted to the Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission. 51 pages

Milne, B.T. 1985. Upland vegetational gradients and post-fire succession in the Albany Pine Bush, New York. Bulletin of the Torrey Botanical Club 112:21-34.

Parry, D. and H.B. Underwood. 2008. Comparing Pollard-Yates and distance sampling for population monitoring of the Karner blue butterfly in New York. Final report submitted to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation – Endangered Species Unit. 16 pages

Rice, S.K., B. Westerman, and R. Federici. 2004. Impacts of exotic, nitrogen-fixing black locust (Robinia pseudoacacia) on nitrogen-cycling in a pine-oak ecosystem. Plant Ecology 174:97-107.

Seischab, F.K., and J.M. Bernard. Pitch pine (Pinus rigida Mill.) communities in the Hudson Valley region of New York. American Midland Naturalist 136:42-56.

Schneider, K., C. Reschke, and S. Young. 1991. Inventory of the rare plants, animals, and ecological communities of the Albany Pine Bush Preserve. Final report submitted to the Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission. 41 pages

Smallidge, P.J., D.J. Leopold, and C.M. Allen. 1996. Community characteristics and vegetation management of Karner blue butterfly (Lycaeides melissa samuelis) habitats on rights-of-way in east-central New York, USA. Journal of Applied Ecology 33:1405-419.

Zaremba, R.E., and M. Pickering. 1994. Lupine ecology and management in New York State. Pages 87-93 in D.A. Andow, R.J. Baker, and C.P. Lane (editors) Karner Blue Butterfly: A Symbol of a Vanishing Landscape. University of Minnesota, Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station, Miscellaneous Publication 84-1994.