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Science Lecture Se ... 1/7/16

The APBPC 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 7pm, will be conducted by recent UMass Amherst graduate and Albany Pine Bush Outreach Coordinator Grace Barber on Ants of the Albany Pine Bush.

Pine Bush Perspect ... 1/5/16

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.

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Karner Blue Butterfly Recovery

The Albany Pine Bush is part of the Glacial Lake Albany Federal Karner blue butterfly Recovery Unit and one of three recovery areas in New York State. To recover the Karner blue butterfly is to rebuild it populations to a point where it can be removed from state and federal endangered species lists. Across the United States there are 13 designated Federal Recovery Units across the species’ range; east of the Great Lakes only the Glacial Lake Albany Kbb Recovery Unit contains naturally occurring wild Kbb populations. The Commission strives to work with State and Federal partners (NYSDEC, USFWS) to rebuild an annual population of 7,000 and 13,000 adult Karner blue butterflies by restoring approximately 640 acres of suitable habitat in the Preserve. Our recovery efforts are working; since 1991 the acreage of suitable Kbb habitat has increased from 13 acres at 9 sites to more than 200 acres at 35 sites in the Preserve.

Federal Karner Blue Butterfly Recovery

maps created by The Nature Conservancy of Eastern NY

maps created by The Nature Conservancy of Eastern NY

With Karner blue numbers below Federal Recovery thresholds in the Pine Bush and suitable habitat and dispersal corridors limiting, recovery emphasis is placed on maintaining existing Karner blue butterfly subpopulations and expanding habitat adjacent to and between these subpopulations until they can be linked together by suitable dispersal corridors. Four recovery phases are being employed in the Preserve:

  1. Maintain and expand existing Karner blue butterfly populations by maintaining and expanding existing habitat.
  2. Create suitable dispersal areas between Karner blue butterfly populations.
  3. Restore suitable habitat to establish additional Karner blue butterfly populations.
  4. Release captive bred and/or wild caught Kbb to accelerate colonization of newly restored habitat.