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November 27, 2023

November 2023 Volunteer of the month

The Volunteer of the Month for November 2023 is Bill Collins, a crucial member of the burn crew since 2019.

Pine Bush Perspectives Photo Exhibit Opening

Browse this years’ show and see some amazing photos all taken in the Albany Pine Bush.

Museum Store Sunday 2023

Come join us on the Sunday after Thanksgiving, November 26th, 10am to 4pm to shop, save and win!

October 08, 2023

October 2023 Volunteer of the Month

The October 2023 Volunteer of the Month for the Albany Pine Bush Preserve is Patricia Jordan.

Smokey Bear Day

Saturday October 14, 2023, 10am – 2pm at the Discovery Center

Snowpack Monitoring

Albany Pine Bush Preserve Seeks Help from Neighbors

September 06, 2023

September 2023 Volunteer of the Month

The September 2023 Volunteer of the Month at the Albany Pine Bush Preserve is Mary Comley.

September 05, 2023

My Summer at the Albany Pine Bush Preserve

By student Evan Lawrence.

August 29, 2023

August 2023 Volunteer of the Month

The August 2023 Volunteer of the Month is Allen Landes.

Barrens Birding Blitz 2023

The 2023 Barrens Birding Blitz is a new special event at the Albany Pine Bush Preserve.

July 02, 2023

July 2023 Volunteer of the Month

The July 2023 Volunteer of the Month is Michael Heneka.

April 12, 2023

Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy adds more land to the APB

More land is protected in the Albany Pine Bush Preserve in alliance with local municipal and non-profit partners.

April 05, 2023

April 2023 Volunteer of the month

The April 2023 Volunteer of the Month is Kathie Paul.

March 01, 2023

March 2023 Volunteer of the month

The March 2023 Volunteer of the Month is Alison VanKeuren.

Discover the Night 2023

The public is invited to a variety of special events, programs and experiences being held by the Albany Pine Bush Preserve during the February 18-26, 2023 winter school break.

January 06, 2023

The APBP adds 15 more acres

The Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission recently acquired a 15.1 acre parcel of land to add to the 3,400 acre preserve.

Jam with the Junkman

Here’s a chance to add some unique and fun-tastic spice to your holiday activities. The Junkman will offer two interactive workshops in which music and music-making simultaneously integrate with messages about environmental stewardship.

Volunteer Open House

Come visit us on Wednesday, November 2nd from 7-8 pm at the Discovery Center to learn about the many ways you can become involved.

September 29, 2022

View the routes of migrating birds.

Our research with the New York State Museum reveals that blackpoll warblers, like this adult male captured earlier in the week, are traveling to the Pine Bush from Alaska and the NW Territories.

September 01, 2022


Most scientific discoveries take teamwork and that’s certainly true for what we have learned about this now 9+ year old male prairie warbler, recently photographed by Volunteer Naturalist Allen Landes.

July 26, 2022

We're hiring!

Join our team!

Nature Night Out 2022

The Albany Pine Bush Preserve presents "Nature Night Out", a series of three summer evening events that invite everyone to drop everything and get into nature.

May 28, 2022

Free Saturday Nature Bus Service Returns to the Capital Region

Service to Run Every Saturday, May 28 through September 24

Lupine Fest 2022

Witness the magic of spring at the Albany Pine Bush Preserve's annual Lupine Fest on May 21, 2022.

Discover the Night 2022

The public is invited to a free hybrid online and in-person event being held by the Albany Pine Bush Preserve. Discover the Night is an opportunity to experience nighttime in the globally-rare Albany Pine Bush.

2021 Pine Bush Perspectives Exhibit

There are several different ways you can enjoy the exhibit this year.

Endangered Karner Blue Butterfly Release

Butterfly chrysalises will be held at the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center, through July 16 and perhaps longer depending on the rate at which the adult butterflies emerge.

June 22, 2021

Endangered plant re-discovered after 100 year hiatus

The Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission announces the discovery of a rare plant that hasn’t been seen in this area since the roaring 20s.


Lupine Fest 2021

Witness the magic of spring with Lupine Fest!

February 01, 2021

National Wildlife Magazine

The Albany Pine Bush Preserve is featured in the Feb/Mar 2021 issue of National Wildlife Magazine in an article about snow ecology.

January 2021 Pine Bush Post Newsletter

Breaking news and upcoming events

December 29, 2020

Karner Kids Film Festival

We're excited to unveil the 2020 Karner Kids Virtual Film Festival!

2020 Pine Bush Perspectives Exhibit

See it along the trail at the Albany Pine Bush Preserve through March 1, 2021!

November 24, 2020

Discover the Night

The public is invited to a free online event being held by the Albany Pine Bush Preserve now through January 15, 2021.

Accepting Submissions for the Karner Kids Film Festival

Calling all junior producers and directors!


July 14, 2020

Endangered Karner Blue Butterfly Population Boom

Big news about a little insect! The Karner blues at the Albany Pine Bush are experiencing something of a population explosion.

July 09, 2020

Mister Karner Blue Storywalk

Explore the Pine Bush trails while reading a story!


Virtual Lupine Fest 2020

This year we're unable to hold our 16th Annual Lupine Fest in person, so we've decided to get creative and are inviting you to share your creativity, as well.

April 13, 2020

BirdWatching Magazine Highlights the Pine Bush

Read about how our preserve saves a butterfly — and lots of birds, too.

Our Resources Are Here For You

We put together some information about Pine Bush resources that people can utilize during this time of social distancing and remote learning.

February 04, 2020

The Karner blue

The US Fish & Wildlife Service recently released the new Karner blue butterfly 5-Year Status Review!

Night at the Discovery Center

On November 26th meet Pine Bush characters from the past and present and enjoy interactive exhibits, games and more! Highlights include live local wildlife programs, a visit from the Lupine Lady and re-enactors that bring historic exhibits alive!


October 29, 2019

Pine Bush adds properties and builds momentum towards 5,380 acre goal

with help from Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy and Friends of the Pine Bush Community

Smokey Bear Day 2019

Celebrate Smokey's 75th birthday at the Pine Bush on October 14th!

September 06, 2019

Breeding season bird banding summary.

2019 was a very successful summer!

August 14, 2019

Prescribed Fire in 2019

This is a record breaking year at the Pine Bush!

August 13, 2019

Rhapsody in (Karner) Blue

Local writer Danielle Sanzone describes the history and life cycle of the Karner blue butterfly, including the challenges it faces.

Banding Birds at the Pine Bush

WAMC's Lucas Willard joined our Conservation Director, Neil Gifford for a morning of bird banding.

June 07, 2019

They're back!

What can the whip-poor-wills tell us about our habitat management work?

May 22, 2019

Happening on the Ground

What's going on in May?

April 18, 2019

Get outside!

Bethlehem Children's School (BCS), in partnership with The Nature Conservancy, Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission, and Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy, today announced the launch of its #exploremore Family Scavenger Hunt.

March 12, 2019

Early signs of spring

How do the plants and animals know that spring is on the way?


March 11, 2019

The Truax Burial Ground

Rediscovering the past.

March 04, 2019

2016 Blue Jay Recaptured

Where did it go?

January 01, 2019

New Pine Bush legislation

A new tool for protecting Pine Bush land has just been added!

October 02, 2018

Notes from the field

How long do towhees live?

October 01, 2018

Big Game Hunting Season

Find out about hunting in the Pine Bush this fall.

August 16, 2018

Plants of Summer

As the hot days of summer continue into August, the native wildflowers and warm season grasses planted into restoration sites this past spring have pushed their roots deep into the sandy soils.

August 09, 2018

Notes from the field

July 24, 2018 Just this morning our science staff had a record setting day.

August 08, 2018

Smokey Bear Day

The Albany Pine Bush Preserve will host its annual Smokey Bear Day on Monday October 8, 2018, 10am - 2pm at the Discovery Center.

Meet Up with Friends

Meetup is for folks interested in outdoor recreation, nature conservation, and environmental education.

June 18, 2018

The Pine Bush Perspectives Traveling Show

Each visitor views the preserve from a unique vantage point worthy of celebrating and sharing.


June 15, 2018


The first prairie warbler that our science staff caught this season was one of the geolocator equipt birds from 2 years ago. They were unable to catch it last year.

June 04, 2018

Karner blue butterflies headed to New Hampshire

After sampling birds this morning Steve Campbell and Neil Gifford helped collect 14 endangered Karner blue butterflies to augment the gentics in the Concord, NH population.

Karner blues and fire

No life stage of the endangered Karner blue butterfly can survive fire, yet it only lives in habitats that burn frequently.

Citizen Science

Citizen Science programs aspire to instill in our community members knowledge and appreciation of the Pine Bush while also providing us with scientific information that informs our restoration and management efforts.


2018 Pine Bush Perspectives

Did you capture a great shot of a butterfly, frame a gorgeous sunset or zoom into the gills of a mushroom?

900 pitch pine tree seedlings planted in the preserve.

In late May 2018, 900 pitch pine tree seedlings were planted in the preserve by staff and volunteers.