Join Vinny & Karen on a full moon hike in the Pine Bush. Our Master Birder Vinny will try to call in some of the local owls to have a little chat! We will walk along the yellow trail that begins at the rear of the Discovery Center parking lot. This trail is a 3 mile loop and will take us at least 2 hours depending on how sucessful we are in finding owls. This is an easy hike. Please be sure to have a head lamp with a red light so that we don't lose our night vision, if your lamp doesn't have a red light please cover it w/ a piece of colored tape. I will try to have some on hand.
Here is a little history of the Pinebush: The Albany Pine Bush is known as an inland pine barrens ecosystem. One of the largest of only about 20 other inland pine barrens worldwide, the Albany Pine Bush is globally rare. It was formed toward the end of the last Ice Age 12,000 - 15,000 years ago. At this time a large glacial lake stretched from present day Glens Falls, NY to Newburgh, NY. Over time, the water drained leaving behind the sandy deposits of the lake floor. These sandy soils now support the Albany Pine Bush ecosystem. Less than 20% of the original Albany Pine Bush ecosystem still survives today.
Trail Map: http://www.albanypinebush.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/Temporary-Trail-Map-1-KBE.pd
Minimum age is 8 (8-15 yrs must have a participating adult with them, 16-17 yrs must have a parent/guardian sign participant agreement but do not need to attend)
Please be dressed for the weather, it does get very chilly at night and wear appropriate hiking footwear
Headlamp or flashlight (red)
Please bring water, snacks and any personal medicines you may need.
Directions to the Discovery Center:
From I-90: Take I-90 East or West to I-87 (Northway) North, follow directions for I-87.
From I-87 North or South: Take I-87 to exit 2W (Route 5 West). Travel west approximately 2 miles and turn left at light onto Route 155 South (New Karner Road). Travel approximately 1 mile to a second light. Turn left into 195 New Karner Road. Trailhead #1 (Karner Barrens East) is located at the rear of the Discovery Center parking lot at 195 New Karner Road. Look for Karen's White Jeep call or text[masked] for assistance.