Current Research

In most years, Albany Pine Bush Preserve staff, along with partners, are engaged in approximately 15 research and monitoring projects in the preserve. Staff and partners collect data to answer questions ranging from the effects of management on plants and animals to public perception of the preserve and its policies.

Hydrology

Microclimate variation created by dune topography

Vegetation and soil response to management

Pitch pine recruitment

Mycorrhizal fungal associations of scrub oak and pitch pine

Karner blue habitat suitability

Monitoring population size of the endangered Karner blue

Site suitability for the reintroduction of American burying beetles

Range expansion of the Southern pine beetle

Movement patterns of eastern spadefoots

Temporal changes in the bird community

Habitat use of birds during fall migration

Monitoring bird productivity and survival as a means of assessing habitat quality

Prairie warbler movements during the non-breeding season

Acoustic monitoring of nocturnal migration of birds

Project Owlnet

Temporal and spatial patterns of mammal activity

Small animal migration using Motus Wildlife Tracking System