Albany Pine Bush News

This gently rolling sand plain is home to a variety of rare plants and animals, including the federally endangered Karner blue butterfly (size of a quarter). The Pine Bush is home to more than 45 Species of Greatest Conservation Need of the 538 found in NYS (over 8%) and of the 146 found in the upper Hudson River Basin (nearly 29%). It Includes 15 birds, 14 reptiles and amphibians, and 16 insects. That’s amazing for such a small semi-urban preserve. Mammals you might see: Deer, Coyote, Chipmunk, Red Fox, Fisher. Birds to look and listen for: Great horned owl, Turkey, Woodpeckers, Nuthatches, Golden-crowned kinglet, Eastern towhee. Reptiles & Amphibians that live here: Hognose snake, Spotted turtle, Spadefoot toad, Jefferson salamander, Smooth green snake. Invertebrates you may recognize: Deer ticks, Antlions, Inland barrens buckmoth, Monarch butterfly.

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