Neil Gifford of the Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission said that Pyramid has already suggested adding about 8 acres of land north of the butterfly preserve as part of its mitigation for the proposed apartments on Rapp Road. 

The company cannot “double dip,” he said, and claim that that proposed additional eight acres of butterfly habitat would also mitigate a higher theater. But what Pyramid could do, he said, is put in more money to support management efforts. 

RENSSELAERVILLE — “It’s happening to us here and now,” the deputy director of the Natural Resources Defense Council’s Science Center warned the crowd that gathered Saturday to celebrate 80 years of research at the Huyck Preserve Field Station.

The Helderberg Corridor is home to more than 14 species of reptiles and amphibians, Mark King said, noting the diversity is possibly the greatest in the Northeast.

John Boyd Thacher State Park is receiving $1.35 million from the state to help update the park’s aged infrastructure.

ALBANY COUNTY — In the sunshine of an April afternoon, Carole Henry walks between carefully tended amoeba-like gardens and reaches down, as if greeting old friends after a long winter.

As open space becomes scarce, municipalities are looking to their zoning code to help stem the tide of development.

While plants like string of pearls, snake plants, and king sago palms may look and sound unusual, care for these and other houseplants has become commonplace.

Eric Brown

Eric Brown and his wife, Linda, also a wildlife rehabilitator, have housed everything from owls and hawks to raccoons and foxes on the Duanesburg farm he inherited from his grandfather.

On Sunday, three bobcats, found as deserted kittens at Altamont Orchards last July, were released to the wild. 

School groups are being turned away from the popular programs at Five Rivers


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