Albany Pine Bush Bird Conservation Area
Located in New York's Capital District the Albany Pine Bush BCA consists of lands under the jurisdictions of the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP). Additional lands within the Preserve are owned by Albany County, the City of Albany, the Towns of Colonie and Guilderland and The Nature Conservancy. These partners work together as part of the Albany Pine Bush Commission to protect and manage the Preserve under Environmental Conservation Law Article 46.The Preserve provides habitat to more than 40 Species of Greatest Conservation Need, including the federally and state endangered Karner blue butterfly.
The Albany Pine Bush Preserve meets four of the BCA criteria: migratory concentration site; diverse species concentration site; individual species concentration site; and species at risk site (ECL §11-2001, 3.e, f, g, and h). Bird species of interest include whip-poor-will, red-shouldered hawk, gray catbird, brown thrasher, pine warbler, prairie warbler, ovenbird, common yellowthroat, eastern towhee, and field sparrow.