HMBC Program Monday, 5/5/08 at Colonie Town Library

Monday, May 5, 2008
A virtual tour of the amazing bird life of the Albany Pine Bush Preserve
Neil Gifford
7:00 PM at the William K. Sanford (Colonie) Town Library

Tucked amongst the hustle and bustle of New York's capital city, the Albany
Pine Bush supports the best remaining worldwide example of an inland pitch
pine scrub oak barrens. While insects have been studied exhaustively here for
more than a century, until recently we knew surprisingly little about the
Pine Bush bird community. Recent research has revealed a diverse assemblage of
breeding season and migratory birds, and that the Pine Bush is especially
important for several declining shrubland species.
Neil Gifford is the Conservation Director for the Albany Pine Bush Preserve
Commission. As the Conservation Director he is the Commission's lead
conservation scientist, directing monitoring, research and management activities,
within the 3,010 acre Albany Pine Bush Preserve. He is a graduate of Paul
Smith's College and Plattsburgh State University.

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