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A Field Guide to the Albany Pine Bush

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Author: Jeffrey K. Barnes, The Arthropod Museum at the University of Arkansas (formally an entomologist at the New York State Museum)

Book Title: Natural History of the Albany Pine Bush
Albany and Schenectady Counties, New York. Field Guide and Trail Map

Project Overview: This project supported the production of a much needed field guide to the Albany Pine Bush. The field guide provides a concise source of information on the flora and fauna of the Albany Pine Bush along with a description of the ecology of this globally rare ecosystem.

Book Description: This volume is a comprehensive guide that documents one of the most endangered landscapes in the Northeast. The Albany Pine Bush is a protected, remnant pine barrens community located between the cities of Albany and Schenectady, New York. A visit to the Pine Bush Preserve, home to an impressive and globally rare assemblage of plants and animals, is unlike any other urban experience in North America.

The book is a field guide to trees, shrubs, wildflowers, insects, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals. Human exploitation, land use, and conservation are reviewed, and major problems in protection and ecological management are also addressed. It includes color photographs, brief diagnostic descriptions, and biological notes on 121 notable Pine Bush species. The seven appendices list modern scientific names of hundreds of Pine Bush mosses, liverworts, vascular plants, insects, and vertebrate animals.

The bibliography provides complete and accurate citations to over 200 relevant books and articles published over a period of two centuries, providing access to the growing body of scientific and popular literature. A removable 16½ X 21 inch map illustrates trails and trail head access points in relation to area roads on a topographic relief map of the Pine Bush Preserve and surrounding areas.

This volume will appeal to a wide audience, including amateur naturalists, concerned citizens, students, scientists, land managers, developers, and journalists.

The Albany Pine Bush is a protected, remnant pine barrens community located between the cites of Albany and Schenectady, New York. A visit to the Pine Bush Preserve, home to an impressive and globally rare assemblage of plants and animals, is unlike any other urban experience in North America. This volume is a comprehensive guide that documents one of the most endangered landscapes in the Northeast.

Ordering Information: The field guide is being sold by the New York State Museum's Publications Office for $24.95 (shipping additional). Visit Publications and Shops for ordering or purchase information.

Paperback, 245 pages
Dimension (approximate): 6 x 9 x .5 inches
ISBN: 1-55557-146-8
ISSN: 0278-3355
First printing: November 2003

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