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June 2016 Pine Bush Post

Globally Rare, Nationally Significant, and Locally Distinct

As usual, we have more news to share than we can fit into one newsletter, but we hope to keep you up-to-date with monthly information on the important work ongoing at this globally-rare, nationally significant and locally distinct preserve. You can delve deeper by following us on Facebook, Twitter and our website.
Don't forget to scroll down to learn more about the exciting events and programs that are upcoming - including opportunities for you to get involved in Invasive Species Week and New York State's Path Through History weekend!

Big news in the Pine Bush…

Celebrating our new national status!
In March 2016, the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area officially designated the Albany Pine Bush as a Heritage Site. We chose the occasion of the 10th anniversary of our annual Lupine Fest to celebrate the high honor by unveiling a new National Park Service Passport Cancellation Station in the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center. Click here to read more about it!

Get involved…

Call for submissions!
Pine Bush Perspectives: A Juried Photo Exhibit

Did you capture a great shot of a butterfly, frame a gorgeous sunset or zoom into the gills of a mushroom? Each visitor views the Albany Pine Bush from a unique vantage point worthy of celebration. Share your perspective by submitting photographs taken in the Albany Pine Bush Preserve to our juried exhibit by October 18, 2016.

Entrants may be any age or skill level (beginner, advanced or professional). Jurors will select a diversity of photographs to be included in the final exhibit on December 2nd .Three juror-selected awards and one People’s Choice award will be given.

Visit www.AlbanyPineBush.org/photo-exhibit for details and to submit photos.

In our community…

Secret Gardens Tour
Begin your afternoon at the Albany Visitors Center on a guided tour in search of city parks and hidden gardens.  Meander the streets with your guide, enjoying stories about Albany's colorful history and varied architecture.  Along the way, you will uncover hidden urban oases and discover how Albany uses flowers and other foliage to add greater depth to our beautiful city.  2:00pm $5 per person; please click here to reserve your tickets.

Visit the Pine Bush…

FREE SPECIAL EXHIBIT
Pine Bush-inspired art and traditional quilts will be on display at the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center from June 24 – July 10, 2016 during normal Discovery Center hours. The quilts were crafted by members of the QUILT Guild of Delmar, New York.
All Aboard…Next Stop Karner Station
Gain exclusive access to the world of the Karner blue butterfly in the latest special exhibit at the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center. This extraordinary exhibit called Karner Station is now open!
 
The adventure begins, near the old whistle stop at Karner Train Station, where the remarkable Karner blue butterfly was first documented. Moving along the tracks, visitors explore the important world of this federally-endangered butterfly; including how it was discovered, what makes it unique, where it lives, what the Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission is doing to protect it, and how you can help. 
 
Don’t miss your opportunity to board the train to Karner Station as this amazing experience will end in December 2016.  Visit www.AlbanyPineBush.org to plan your visit.
Public Programs. Our booklet that contains listings of public programs offered at the Pine Bush from January to June 2016 is available. Stop by the Discovery Center to pick one up and attend one of the upcoming public programs at the preserve! You can still see all of our programs online too at www.AlbanyPineBush.org/events

Happening on the ground…

Restoration Planting. This spring, approximately 25 acres of former invasive locust tree sites were planted with wild blue lupine and a mix of other native grasses. An additional 20 acres of sites that were burned last year, were interseeded with just lupine seed. Interseeding after burns has been tremendously successful in establishing lupine in other areas of the Preserve.  This technique was previously employed at the corner of Old State Road and Kings Road (north of the intersection) where fields of flowering blue lupine could be observed this spring.
Invasive Species Week July 10 - 15
Celebrate New York State Invasive Species Awareness Week by helping us remove invasive honeysuckle at the Albany Pine Bush. We will meet at the Discovery Center each morning and then caravan to the site we will be working at. Participants must provide their own transportation. Be prepared to work off trail. All necessary equipment will be provided. Ages 15+. Free! Click here to sign up.

Our expert staff…

Staff spotlight:
Margaret Stein, Office Manager.
Margaret is the Office Manager and helps with finance and office administration. She is proud to come from a family of ecologically conscious people and have a Master’s of Science in Environmental Management from Antioch New England. Her passion for protecting and promoting the Albany Pine Bush has grown especially in more than ten years of employment. Her favorite things to do with her partner and child are singing, hiking, reading, and cooking.

Our latest research…

2016 Research & Monitoring. It is the beginning of another field season with seasonal staff, interns, and volunteers. Our crew has already been hard at work counting Karner blue butterflies, surveying lupine, monitoring hydrology at wells and wetlands and investigating mammal populations through wildlife camera trapping. Throughout the season, the team will also help with two MAPS (monitoring avian productivity and survivorship) stations, bird point count surveys, buckmoth surveys, and research projects on bees, carrion beetles, and moths being conducted by academic scientists and partners including the NY State Museum, SUNY Cobleskill and SUNY-ESF. 
Science Lecture Series: Are Invasive Shrubs Aiding and Abetting Ticks?
Ticks seem to be everywhere these days, but they were not something that most Northeasterners worried about until relatively recently. The underlying causes of this expansion are complex, and the scientific community is still working to unravel this puzzle. However, many have noted a relationship between invasive shrubs and tick densities. This lecture will provide an overview of the ecology of the black-legged (deer) tick and then dive into the role that invasive shrubs may play, and the degree to which removing invasive shrubs might control tick populations. Dr. Alan Giese, Associate Professor of Biology at Lyndon State College in Vermont, has been studying ticks since 2011. Ages 15+. Free!

Pre-registration is required for all events. Visit www.AlbanyPineBush.org/events or call 518-456-0655 to sign up. 
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