Lupine Fest

Scientists at work!

Springtime brings a whole new field season in the Pine Bush

Research and monitoring are central to our goals of restoring and maintaining the globally rare, inland pitch pine-scrub oak barrens community, while protecting historical, cultural and recreational resources at the preserve. We work independently and in collaboration with other scientists and institutions to build knowledge of Pine Bush related ecology, geology, hydrology, history and sociology. This knowledge informs our management decisions and allows us to better share the story of the Pine Bush.

Meet our scientists and follow in their steps through three research projects in the Albany Pine Bush Preserve.

Wildlife Camera Trapping

An Overview of Bird Research

Karner blue butterfly Recovery Efforts


Submit Your Own 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.


Science on display at Lupine Fest!

What do scientists study in the Pine Bush Preserve? Stop by the outdoor science display and learn about our current research projects!

Science Lecture Series

Visit our YouTube channel to explore our Science Lecture Series topics.


Pine Bush Q&A

Saw some equipment in the pine bush and wondering what it’s doing? Have a question about our restoration? Why do we do prescribed burns? How do we add to the preserve?

Watch a Q&A session where our staff answer questions submitted about the Pine Bush.


Important Links

Click here to learn about our Community Science projects
Current Pine Bush research
Research Publications