Discover the Night

Science at Night

Research in the Preserve

Albany Pine Bush Preserve Science Staff use trail cameras to gather information about wildlife in the preserve. In this video a series of images will appear, spot and identify the wildlife. The images start off easy and get harder towards the end of the video! 

See how many you can spot and identify correctly!

Then get outside with family and friends at night and see if you can spot any signs of wildlife!

Submit Your Findings with iNaturalist!

Watch this video for iNaturalist App training with Ecologist and Entomologist Amanda Dillon.  Learn how to submit observations using the iNaturalist app, and how those submissions are used by Albany  Pine Bush Preserve staff. Amanda is responsible for implementing preserve research projects and manages the Science Lecture Series and Community Science programs.

One of the world’s most popular nature apps, iNaturalist helps you identify the plants and animals around you. Get connected with a community of over a million scientists and naturalists who can help you learn more about nature! What’s more, by recording and sharing your observations, you’ll create research quality data for scientists working to better understand and protect nature. iNaturalist is a joint initiative by the California Academy of Sciences and the National Geographic Society.


Frost Pockets & Weather

A cool phenomenon takes place every night among the sand dunes of the Albany Pine Bush Preserve – watch this video to find out more.

Bat Research

Recent research helped us begin to understand bat diversity in the Albany Pine Bush Preserve. In 2015, we hired a consulting chiropterologist to conduct the first ever acoustic survey for bats here. The data indicate at least five bat species in the preserve, including big brown, red, silver-haired, hoary and little brown. Nearly all detections were associated with hardwood forests, with few bats detected in pitch pine-scrub oak barrens. Check out this link to read the summary of their findings.

Saw-whet owl research

Current Research in the Pine Bush

Check out some of the other research projects taking place in the pine bush.

You can also view our Science Lecture Series on our YouTube Channel.