Albany Pine Bush

Rezsin Adams

Lynne Jackson, Daniel W. Van Riper, Save the Pine Bush

Pine Bush trails remain open although the Pine Bush Preserve offices and Discovery Center are closed due to concerns about the coronavirus.

All scheduled programs, activities, and meetings have been cancelled but the preserve urges residents to use both its physical and virtual resources.

Rare gray birch trees

“Most people think the Pine Bush is done … They think the rest is all developed, that it’s all been lost,” says Christopher Hawver, executive director of the Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission. On the contrary, he said, There’s another 2,000 acres out there … We still have a lot of work to do.”

On Monday morning, members of the Albany Pine Bush employees took part of a continent-wide MAPS research, meant to help in the conservation of birds and their habitat. MAPS stands for Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship.

On June 15, it was a walking through history weekend. A trolley went through the Albany Pine Bush learning about the history there.

The Albany Pine Bush in Albany and the Switzkill Farms in Berne, all held earth day celebrations last weekend.

The Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission is thinning trees this fall and winter on 91 acres in the Rapp Barrens area of the preserve. This tree thinning at Trailhead 2 is being done now to lessen disruption to wildlife, avoiding the breeding season for species that inhabit the preserve.

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